when temperatures hover around 100 day after day after day??
There is work to be done but only if the "gardener" is not adverse to major perspiration.
The seating areas are appealing but the most pleasant time to enjoy them are early in the morning:
and late in the evening:
The sun won't be scalding then but those are prime times for the bumper crop of mosquitoes inhabiting the garden this year. It's almost impossible to win.
Sometimes the best bet is to observe the garden from indoors and run out like a mad woman when something flits by to photograph ~ like this butterfly:
I think it's a Fritillary but I couldn't positively identify which one? The best side view I was able to capture is the one below:
Perhaps there will be other opportunities as it seemed to be really interested in Clematis texensis 'Duchess of Albany:'
It's one of two "texensis" varieties grown here. The other, 'gravetye beauty,' you've seen many times:
I had butterflies on the brain this spring when I planted two new Asclepias Incarnata but I have yet to see any light upon them ~ there's 'Princess:'
and 'Ice Ballet:'
It's too early to give up tho ~ I usually see the most butterflies in August and we are (too) quickly approaching that month.
Something else occupying (worrying) me during this heat wave is an injured Robin:
He's been hanging around the garden for over a week now trying to recover from what looks like a narrow predator escape. His left leg has to be broken (I never see him put it down), he's missing feathers including most of the tail ones (which you can tell better in the photo below:)
I'm also uncertain about his left wing (whether it's broken or not.) I know the odds are stacked against his survival but I'm pulling for him. I've done an online search for a rehabilitation place in my area but can't locate one ~ what would you do???