Wow, it’s still hot. And the garden is baking. The day lilies that were in glorious bloom just a week ago are now fading. I’ve begun removing bare scapes and scraping at the lifeless brown leaves that seem more prevalent this year than seems normal. The garden gets watered daily thanks to the in-ground system. Michigan, surrounded by water, rarely gets water restrictions. But the heat is taking its toll, especially on the hydrangeas. In fact, I may lose a couple even though I give them extra water each day. Sadly, there seems to be no end in sight. At best, we have a chance of thunderstorms this week. Weeks of 90 degree heat just isn’t what my garden is used to.