Today I walked the garden just to see what the soil moisture looked like. I would pull back the mulch and use my handy weeder to see just how deeply the rain had penetrated. My mophead hydrangeas are the first indicators of dry soil. If your mopheads are drooping in the morning, get that hose out. If they’re drooping in the evening, they may be just weary of the heat. Better check the soil with your weeder like I do.
When we have had a little shower, take a moment to appreciate tree bark forms.
This afternoon, I could not help but admire the Parrotia persica (Persian Ironwood) with the patches of exfoliated bark exposing the tan inner bark.
The American beech bark looks like smooth unblemished grey striped skin.
The bark of the Paperbark maple comes off in thin, flaking sheets of burnt caramel colors, just beautiful in low angled evening light, as I stand there with a hose in my hands.