When we had a window replaced, I saved these panels with this in mind. I thought of maybe buying some straw bales to build a cold frame, but two round trips to the garden center to squeeze straw into my recently cleaned car was not appealing. Then I realized this cedar raised bed I purchased for a new strawberry bed was sitting idle. I planted extra tat soi seedling in the outer portion, and in the covered portion I planted carrots and scallions. I have already forgotten to pull the panels apart on this nearly 60 degree day, so this will be an interesting experiment.
The gladiolus relative is also called peacock lily--a fitting name. I have moved these bulbs around too much, so the bloom is paltry, but I think next year they will take off. Even showier than the flower is the scent, reminiscent of moon flower.
I guess the Mexican sunflower (Tithonia sp.) reminds the monarchs of their homeland. They have been flocking to it for weeks. I keep hearing news reports that monarch numbers are low this year, but I've been seeing plenty. Plant more milkweed!