Stormy and humid and changeable today, and finally rains came. But only a third of an inch fell. Enough to give some relief to all the heat stressed lawns, but not really enough to do much for all the dry damage and stress to trees and shrubs and even perennials.
Everything looks so awful. The worst: the new white oak in the meadow, the big tuliptree, and the river birch in the meadow. The clethra and winterberry hollies got droopy leaves, and the yellowroot has burned tan leaf scorch all over. The climbing hydrangea looks terrible. The new Orange Dream Japanese maple has scorch.
The Rose of Sharon is in full bloom, about a month early.