“I’m constructing the sunflower house this weekend,” I write in an e-mail to my brother.

“The sight of the words ‘sunflower’ and ‘house’ together makes me giddy,” he responds.


“If I add the words ‘pole beans’, ‘amaranth’, and ‘morning glories’ does it just put you over the moon?” I asked.

“Yes. Can you add ‘disco ball’?”


Even though I spent weeks in January planning it, and sowed the first seeds in April, this little play house is just getting started. I can’t wait to show it to you in its full glory at the end of August.