We've had a hot June and early July but the frequent storms are keeping the gardens happy along with occasional cooler nights and days.
Although some of the storms have been strong enough to knock off a few limbs for the most part we haven't had much damage.
I also think that our wet winter and spring helps because bushes and trees with deep roots have plenty of moisture to draw from on the dry days.
The photographs in this post are from the J C Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC.
In addition to the meandering section of the garden there are also large beds of specimen plants.
Over the fence are more plants but they are not open to the public.
The area beyond the fence are for the horticulture, floriculture and botany students at NCSU.
NCSU also has a large agriculture department and veterinary school which has pastures with horses and cows close by.
I took the shot below as I was walking out of the lath house into the Japanese Garden.
The shot below is of a portion of the garden devoted to landscape design student projects where there are postage lot size urban gardens which the student work displayed.