The heat also benefited the new plantings in the front yard. The dark-leaved Dahlias are doing well, but a cucumber beetle is devouring the petals. Those things are so cute (like big yellow lady bugs) they are hard to kill, but I've taken to smashing them. The pink and burgundy mottled dianthus is full of blooms, and I really like the big purple grass. I am going to dig up all that scraggly day lily soon and plant azaleas I think.