Amazing how quickly some plants have bounced back as a result of our recent rains. I have always had good luck with Japanese painted ferns; so much so that I use them in some areas in the garden to edge borders and almost as ground covers. But this year most of them faded or even disappeared from the heat. Even my watering did not help them. I was going to pull out the worst offenders but suddenly they're back, standing tall and looking good. So they get a reprieve for now.
One noticeable quirk: My painted ferns fall into two groups, one more gray and the other more greenish. All the new growth is the palest, ghostliest green I've ever seen. Maybe that's what always happens when they rejuvenate themselves like this. It's not something that happens often enough that I've ever noticed this color change before.
The day lilies that were looking beat are sending up new growth as are the Astilbes that literally got fried from the weather. I have a number of the same Astilbe plant interspered in a short curved border and three really did not do well while one held its own for most of the summer. Difference in soil, slight variation in amount of sun or sprinkler water — who knows what causes the variation in their ability to withstand the weather. Definitely not something I've figured out yet.
If we get a little more rain, my garden will look almost normal when a group of Seattle gardeners come for a visit later this month. Keeping my fingers crossed.