The sun is supposed to return later this week. This, after something like two weeks of clouds and downpours--so unusual for this time of year. The garden, other than several water-weary plants leaning horizontally, is managing fine.
The first of my Echinaceas is starting to bloom.
And the Daylilies... This is 'Rose Petticoats'
An Asiatic lily...
An unnamed red...
This is Daylily 'Strawberry Candy'
The Fuchsias are looking good too.
I don't know the names of any of them.
This is Clematis 'Julia Correvon'
And Clemmie 'Polish Spirit'
I think this is Hydrangea 'Tellar Red'
I'm psyched about my Gardenia. (Gardenia 'August Beauty') The photo above shows it at the absolute best it has ever looked. This might be a fluke but after losing several plants over the years, I finally learned, quite by accident, that if I want it to overwinter successfully, I've got to completely STOP watering it during the winter months. I left this plant, in its pot, under my (Zone 8) covered patio. In spring I began gradually watering it with a little water-soluble fertilizer and, voila! Three lusciously fragrant blossoms with many more in the works, and no spider mites!
Again, my thoughts are with those of you struggling with this horrid heatwave.