August has been very unusually hot this year. Usually August temperatures are in the 80's and low 90's, and we've had a few weeks where it often hit 100. We're also in a drought. Fortunately, however, Hillsborough has a big, new (i.e. our water rates are high in order to pay for it) reservoir so there are no restrictions on watering.
I've been trying to water moderately, though, but I do have to go out to water something every day. So, gardening this month has meant watering plants in the heat and watching the annuals die.
White hibiscus, Cardinal flowers, Black-eyed Susans, and a pink petunia.
Cleome (Spider flower), with Pink Coneflower to the right.
A pretty vase that older son arranged.
More vases on the windowsill on the stairs.
Tall lilies and Rose Mallows.
The best part of the yard for blooms, right now, is the deck. That's because I was watering the pots twice a day when it was the hottest.