Thursday I harvested most of my winter squash and late-season watermelons. Those should make for some nice fall and winter meals. I also had an unexpected harvest when I discovered that the entire top half of my persimmon tree had broken completely off. ~_~ It was probably mostly due to the weight of the fruit (serves me right for not thinning them out in the summer I suppose), though I can't discount the possibility that the destruction was hastened by the actions of squirrels or raccoons or other wildlife.
Now I have a heaping bowl of unripe persimmons that I salvaged from the broken part of the tree. I'm hopeful that they will eventually ripen enough to be eaten. Fortunately, there was still one major branch on the tree below where the trunk cracked. I bent the branch upward and tied it to a stake so that it would remain vertical. That should fool the tree into thinking that the branch is now the trunk. (Young trees are relatively flexible that way.) It's still a setback, but not as bad as it could have been.
While spending time out in the yard, I checked on my milkweed. One of the first things I did when I moved here was plant a native milkweed in the back yard. It is a perennial that has gotten larger every year, though it hasn't produced any flowers yet. This week, however, it surprised me by sporting monarch caterpillars for the first time. Yay!