That's what it says...
Hahaha. It's been hot, but not that hot. Makes me laugh because that weather site feels compelled to tell you that you might feel a degree and a half cooler than what's going on outdoors...like that temperature was even correct (!).
It has been hot. Just not 108.5 degrees worth of hot.
Still, this grasshopper was kind of out of it and looked like he had had enough of this heat, whatever temperature it really is outdoors....because look how flushed and pink he is.
His pink coloration is just temporary. I didn't know this but after a grasshopper molts, for a short time they are a different color than what their permanent color will be. I just never expected that color to be pink!
And did you know they could swivel their heads like this? That's a new one for me too. Looks just like a little toy.
The silvery checkerspot butterflies were so happy to try out all the new coneflowers that just got planted. A regular butterfly cafe. When I was planting this small garden a couple weeks ago, I had a lot of ebony jewelwing damselflies hang out while the plants got dug in. And then last Sunday, the silvery checkerspot butterflies moved in. There were one and two on nearly every flower, nectaring away and I hope that's all they were doing. Coneflowers are a host plant for the caterpillars of these butterflies and although that's why I planted them in the first place, I hope they wait until next year to chomp them down.
I plan to put a walkway in behind this small area (for dog traffic) but haven't figured out exactly how to do it yet. Could be recycling old pavers (the ones that look like little loaves of bread)...I would love to do something like this...
And after Angie has her wedding this fall, I can have all her empty clear wine bottles that she's been collecting to put candles in....at least 250 of them. Terry says that weather will make them cloud up but I'm imagining a two bottle width strip of clear glass bottles containing the wood slices and sand between the two rows might look kind of nice behind all my white flowers, even if the bottles choose to weather in an ugly way. I'd like to start excavating the area right now but you know, too hot.
I just checked my favorite weather site to see what the temperature is today. A little cooler than last week...
(Uh, I just went outside to check on this current measurement of heat. They might be right this time.)