It's been a hot dry Summer and for the last few months it seems that I've been constantly pouring water onto the garden just to keep things alive.
However it's slowly occurring to me that the most successful plants are those that have survived all on their own with little help from me.
Thankfully we got a lot of rain today, but I will not forget that the plants that were the least dependant on me for water, were perhaps, the most rewarding. Newly planted Hydrangeas were likely to wilt in the heat of the day, but older more established shrubs like H. "Limelight' were no trouble at all. In fact along with Catalpa bignoides 'Aurea', it was unaffected by the worst of the midday heat and humidity, and provided, visually at least, a calm and cool vignette.