My little barefoot garden sprite is perfectly at home puttering around the backyard these days, smelling the flowers, digging in the dirt, and waving to the geese overhead. We build fairy houses and search for gnomes and make "sand castles" in the garden beds.
Earlier this Spring, she spent quite some time transfering dirt from the flower garden to the vegetable beds with her little spade. The fruits of her labor are evident amongst the veggies now. Zinnia seedings are popping up everywhere. She couldn't be more pleased.
The weather is hot and humid and, after a few big storms, the vegetable gardens are taking off (much more than in the photos below, which were taken several weeks ago). The tomato plants have gotten absurdly huge. Unwieldy. They are elbowing each other for space in our little bed and most certainly crowding out some Swiss chard and edamame that I planted nearby. Beets and carrots and sweet onions are plumping up. Herbs are begging to be used. The silly amount of peppers that I planted are fruiting. Juni and I visit the plants daily, marveling at how well they seem to be growing despite my lack of any kind of horticultural know-how. She reminds me that tomatoes don't taste good, but carrots do.
Juni's simple, peasant-style dress is a pattern I drafted based on a shirt that she already had. The fabric is an organic cotton print from Cloud9 fabrics. Loose and flowy and comfy, it is perfect for a day of garden play.