Hi, Kerole! I've been remiss in logging on here for some time, but I just got a reminder of your new thread and it's great to be back and to see what you've been doing! Love your thread - especially the pic of the artichoke. I have 2 baby cardoon seedlings grown from free seeds I got at the local Seedy Saturday this March. I gather they look like artichokes and it'll be fun to see how they fit into my new front flower bed.
We've been busy doubling the size of my little house with a two storey addition since this time last year and I've only recently been able to get back to the garden! It was a very harsh winter here with cold temperatures and almost no snow to protect plants. As a result, I lost every new rose from last summer as well as very many plants that were supposed to e hardy here. I guess they needed more time to become established.
I do have pix but I'll post them in a few days.