One of things that intrigues me this summer is the plants and trees that thrive in these hot dry conditions. Best of the lot in our garden right now is the Persian Silk Tree which has for the first time developed a full canopy of pink fluffy flowers. For those interested I wrote a post a couple of years back about this lovely tree from Asia, which normally does best in a sheltered sunny spot.
A tree that has surprised me this year is the Monkey Puzzle from Chile. Not known for enjoying particularly dry conditions, our young specimen has lost a branch or two, but is otherwise looking much healthier than usual. The reason I believe is that it likes a well drained soil. We are on clay, so its usual lot is to have slightly wet roots ... but not this season.