It’s 97° right now (noon) in D.C. and expected to get to 102° today.
What’s holding up well in my new garden? The goldenrod ‘Firecracker’ for one. Not yet blooming, of course, but the foliage is absolutely sprightly, I would say. Such a great plant!
All the ornamental grasses look good, even the two miscanthus that are still sitting in their pots waiting to be planted after 6 weeks. My lamb’s ear looks great (I have the old-fashioned variety that flowers wildly; it’s messy, but I like it). The Rudbeckia laciniata is green and upright, but the leaves are drooping a little. My two little rosebushes (‘Cinco de Mayo’ and some small apricot David Austin) and a mature weigela with burgundy-tinged leaves (came with the garden) also actually look fresh.
My almost 12-year-0ld dog, Sophie, keeps wanting to stay outside and lie on the warm stone walkway or the deck. I’m wondering if it feels good to her touch of arthritis. I make her come in after 15-20 minutes, though, so the Animal Cops don’t show up.
What’s not fresh looking is the bigleaf hydrangeas and a still-unidentified viburnum (also from the old owners). They wilt at a look. I think they may both go at the end of the summer and be replaced by oak leaf hydrandreas (both regular and dwarf). I passed one yesterday evening that had toasted-looking blooms (still pretty), but still upright stems and leaves.
Also, try to remember how long and cold last winter was.