A last flush of 80-degree warmth brings a final burst of fruit from the garden:

  • baskets overflowing with huge golden-striped tomatoes, glistening yellow starbursts under their taut, rosy skins
  • hot green peppers crackling in the sun
  • warm, dry basil leaves, reminiscent of cloves
  • 9 perfect pumpkins, picked in their prime – small, round, dense; ruddy orange with speckled, spiked green stems. They will soon make pungent pies.
  • bigger beets with brighter greens. We had one for lunch – deep purple secrets that have to be tasted to be revealed.

What mosquitos remain seem slow – tired. They know their end is drawing near.