I have been lax in posting anything regarding our several-year-tradition.
In spite of everything (ie...an odd growing season, occasional blatant neglect, & varmints), this does appear to be the most sucessful year for a our little pet projects:
The Sunflower House
The Sunflower House was a heavily used play spot this year...even in the hot afternoon sun, it provides enough shade.
We've had very little luck with runner beans for the teepee, for years, so we planted a variety of interesting gourds this time. (Good call)
No one likes to play in the teepee; too scratchy. But it is a general source of pride and interest in what's growing.