I was actually in the garden doing some deadheading and pruning when the high was reached and I can attest that it was miserably hot. I sat down on the patio to rest for a while, but the patio is in full sun. The only shade at that time of day comes from umbrellas. I found it unbearable to sit there and so I moved over to the bench under the magnolia tree near the pond. Instant relief!
Sitting under the magnolia tree felt at least 20 degrees cooler. I felt like I had walked into an air-conditioned room. It's amazing what a difference a tree makes.
While I was sitting on my bench, I had my camera at my side, because one of my purposes in being outside at that time of day was to try to photograph butterflies. I've written here before about the scarcity of butterflies in the garden this summer. The populations of most species seem to be down considerably over recent years, but I've been noticing this week that there are a lot of the small butterflies around. I'm still not seeing so many of the big, flashy types like the various swallowtails or Monarchs, but there are an abundance of skippers and hairstreaks.
The bench, in addition to being in a cool shade, is located right next to the flame acanthus which is in full bloom now.
But the stars of the butterfly extravaganza this week were the smaller butterflies.
So, it wasn't a bad week for butterflies. Maybe things are beginning to pick up.
There were several new blooms this week.
The ten-day forecast offers us some chance of rain in coming days, but those promises have a way of dissipating as the day in question gets closer. We'll see if this time is different. There is allegedly some activity in the Gulf that may form up and bring rain our way. Fingers crossed!