While checking on the sunflowers this morning, I found one of the Mongolian Giant seed heads finally starting to open.
I had actually expected this one to open up first. Look how dark the middle is!
Hard to believe this is the same type of sunflower as this…
They look completely different!
One of the smaller seed heads sprouting out the side is starting to open, too.
With our fall planting, only a few of the rainbow chard has survived the grasshoppers and the heat. Enough that, when they are large enough, we can find out if we actually like chard! 😀
The lettuces protected by the window screen covered frame are coming up quite nicely! It’ll still be a while before they are large enough to start picking baby greens for salads, but being under the adapted cover, they should be protected from both groundhogs and insects, so I expect to actually have some this time. Unlike our first planting in the spring, that got eaten before we’d had more than a handful ourselves! Even the weather is supposed to be cooler and potentially rainier, over the next while, so we won’t have to use the shade clothes, either.
As rough of a gardening year it has been, we’re still getting some produce, and I’m happy with that!