If you're complaining about the heat, you'll find it very comfortable in the Asian Garden at UBCBG. It was lovely yesterday. And enjoying plants in the shade is is the theme of Douglas Justice's upcoming August in the Garden blog. There are some nifty dry fruits to amuse you. The blog starts out with the very showy and easy-to-notice Carpinus fangiana. I am so surprised that I haven't posted dozens of photos of this smashing tree already, and I can't even find more than three photos of it on my computer. I can only conclude that I never get it in focus, and yesterday's photos pretty much supported that. Here's what I got. I knew nothing of its less showy relative Carpinus rankanensis. It's right there on the corner where Douglas says it is, just off Lower Asian Way on Farrer Trail (walking from the entrance, it's ON the far side of Farrer, on the right side of Lower Asian Way), right out there in the open at the intersection, looking totally invisible. I had to stand there and will those seed-catkins to come into view. Maybe it will be easier when they turn yellow.