Despite the challenges brought on by chipmunks, squirrels, rabbits, deer and even raccoons, we finished the growing season with one beautiful sunflower plant, a plentiful amount of grapes and a tree full of apples. We thought we outwitted the chipmunks by starting our sunflowers indoors, but other animals (and kids, though they won’t admit it) decimated all but one of our plants. The flowers have been blooming for the past couple of weeks outside our kitchen window.
We are still waiting for the apples to ripen, but they are coming along nicely. There are about 6 dozen apples on the tree. Most of the apples are high enough up to be out of the reach of deer. Sebastian is looking forward to the harvest since last year there was only one apple on the tree. The year before we picked three. We have quite the bumper crop this year in comparison.