More like a heat ocean, since it doesn’t come and go like a wave–it seems stuck here. Hard to do anything outdoors with these temperatures. You’d think that a major, long thunderstorm like we had the other day would have cooled it off, but it was still blazing hot yesterday. Ugh. Then in the evening and all night and this morning more rain. Plenty of water this year for the plants! So, what’s blooming in the garden:Daylilies are the big show at the moment. I go around every morning deadheading. It’s a nice way to start the day.And there are more, but this is a good sample. Besides daylilies, there are echinacea, yarrow, beebalm, hydrangea, and garden phlox blooming. Here’s some phlox:And also, the hostas are blooming.This miniature hosta, with tiny sword-shaped, lime-green leaves, went all out this year putting up flower stalks. Here’s a close-up:In the morning and mid-afternoon I can sit in the hosta garden near the potting shed. The big maple tree shades the spot. Here the “bench” is still in the sun, but most of the day this is a cool shady spot.Stay cool, everyone!