This is "Baby", who lives down the street:
Southern California has so far avoided the terrible heat most of the rest of the country has been suffering through these past three weeks. July 4 here was a heavenly 70F, and the sea breeze has been steady.
'Fourth of July':
We're due for some heat the next few days, but moderately so--the high 80's, which has been the overnight low for a lot of places. The heat will sweeten up the tomatoes...
...and hopefully kill off the string algae that's been plaguing the pond:
It will toast the roses, so I'd better enjoy them now:
While the Hydrangeas are already somewhat toasted. Repeat blooming hydrangeas do have an odd fault. Rather than a uniformly toasty crop of flowers, new growth pops right through the old. Can it be called a fault, or just a quirk?
The pond is still rather cool, so the koi are happy, despite the string algae, which miffs the koi owner much more than the koi:
The summer doldrums have arrived early this year. I have no inclination to deadhead the hydrangeas, or pick tomatoes, or water the blueberries. I'll enjoy the perfume of 'Casablanca' lilies instead.
Plants take a rest in the heat, why should not gardeners do the same?