Hot, but it could be a lot worse. So far, we've escaped the worst. Time to spot-water to keep plants alive, and little else. The gardener is no more or less happy than the garden. We're both getting by.
Some day lily mug shots:
'Molineux', in the harsh summer light:
Random scenes taken between spot-watering.
At this moment in the morning, sun strikes the dahlia first, leaving everything else in shadow:
The shade is much better:
I never thought about it, but tree-sized Aloes drop leaves just like trees do.
There shouldn't be planters in the corners of the patio, really. It's too shady. It was the landscape architect's idea. Several previous rounds of plants failed.
This round: Maranta Leuconeura, Pteris(?) fern, and Sanseveria are doing fairly well. The Maranta vanishes every fall, and re-appears every spring. It is over 20 years old. I've had it for ten years at least, long in a pot--my Mom for ten, at least, before that. Before that, several years with one of her neighbors.
The other too-shady patio planter gets one hour of blistering sun for a few weeks in high summer, deep shade otherwise. Again, several rounds of failed plants. The latest group of bromeliads surrounding a Philodendron 'Golden Xanadu' have done pretty well. The Philo would be more golden in a better location, but for now it fills the space nicely.
In other climates, those with summer rain, this season is luxuriant. It's an iffier situation here, but the illusion of it, here and there, is welcome.
This pink Catharanthus was an impulse buy last summer. It looked sad over our dry winter. Summer heat has revived it.
A big Orlaya grandiflora. It was a seedling last year, got quite large, but never flowered. This year it's going to it.
Echeveria flower, after a spritz of water.
July so far here has been not bad--tolerable. Waiting out summer, looking forward to a hopefully tolerable Autumn.