Thank you for all your comments, I am enjoying them immensely. It looks like all topics are appreciated, which is nice to know. I need to get some more quilting up here! I'll have to actually finish some to do that, I guess. In the meantime, here is our first ear of homegrown, big-enough-to-eat corn on the cob! I'm thrilled that it's done so well, and it tasted great, too! I was hoping we'd have enough for two meals, and it looks like we will. Maybe next year we'll grow more.
This year, the pumpkins have really taken over the garden. I don't remember ever having this problem before. I don't know if it is the new, sunnier location, or if it is this variety, which I've never grown before, but it is pretty agressive as you can kind of see in the below picture. It's hard to get a good shot, I should try going up on the roof but I don't think I will!
I was surprised how many people commented about the red sunflower. I've had those seeds for a couple of years so if I was surprised myself, I forgot. Every day I attempt to get a great picture of it but it's difficult. I have very little control over the background since it is so far over my head, and then it is also hard to photograph because it is so dark! I am hoping for some blooms a little lower down the stalk. You can see my three sunflowers in the foreground, here, although the red one faces the sun, away from the camera, and all you can see is its leaves up high.
I do remember how surprised I was to read about variations of rose plants. New growth can be lime green, dark green, red, glossy or not, not to mention all the fragrances, colors, and so on. I find lots of interesting things looking through catalogs, and if any of you want the red sunflower in your garden next year, I found this link for you. I also like these pale ones and the Strawberry Blonde.
There are still two days left to comment on the give-away post and I'll wrap that up in a couple of days!