I was asked for pictures. I took pictures.
The soil in my garden is sand on gravel and it’s a dry part of the country anyway, so I’ve always taken this into account with planting. In this exceptional heat, however, even good-natured shrubs like hebe and potentilla are shrivelling up, although they have have been there for years and are well established. The gravel area is doing pretty well; not much is flowering any more but I allowed for that with variations in leaf colour.
The grass is almost completely brown. The ragwort manages to stay alive, but it will be pulled up of course, it’s poisonous to grazing animals (the poison is stored in the liver and will kill them over time if they eat enough). However, the cinnabar moth caterpillar lives on it and is impervious to the toxin.