Garden at the end of Summer

The end of summer in the garden.  Gone already are the mile-high sunflowers with deep red velvety flowers, the padrone pepper plant, the under-performing haricots verts.  Not pictured: the heroically -producing persian cucumber, and the amazingly-restrained zucchini. But, hooray-the persimmon finally has fruit–six of them, which the squirrels will probabbly enjoy, just as something has nibbled every ripe tomato so far. The strawberries spawned and will go out to spread their juicy sweetness in neighbors’ gardens. The iris will remind us that Spring is only 6 months away.