I go outside many times during the day despite brutally hot sun. Under a shade tree, Venturi Effect assures a light breeze when I can stand the sun no longer. Pecan trees seem to be the best for cooling. Pandora's Box is blooming under a little dogwood tree, shaded in early morning by a huge Juniperus virginiana.
I'm always afraid I'll miss an important bloom. I missed first blossom on Bride Elect daylily Sunday, just a soggy sock next morning as mute evidence of a recent bloom.
In the brightest sun, Pride of Barbados is finally blooming. P of B dies to the ground here in winter and is slow to take off come spring. Just when I despair that it has decided this is the year it isn't coming back, there comes a sprig of tiny green leaflets. Esperanza has not wowed us with yellow bells yet, but they're on the way.
I planted out the only Pride of Barbados seedling that survived this spring. Covered it for a day with a wire trash basket to shade it. Removed the basket next day and watered it. Found dog tracks later where Buffy played in the mud and left the little plant askew, wilting. Replaced the basket after I straightened the plant. If you have pets, feel free to erupt in a sympathetic chortle.
We're teased daily by rain clouds which part and pass without blessing us with precious rain. I watered several beds Monday -- thunder was a ways off in the distance and it started to rain. Monday was the day! More than a half inch, much needed. There was wind Sunday night. I picked up limbs next day, proof of the wind that caused a power outage during the night.