At least most of the flowers have survived the drought. Unfortunately, the weeds did better. I cringed everytime I walked past them in the brutal Summer heat. Watering the flowerbeds was almost like feeding lambs to wolves in order to save some lambs, but it was still hard.
In the past week, I have made great progress in weeding the flowerbeds.
Here are some horrible "Before" pictures...
Wait for the afternoon shade to spread, bring out the radio, bring out the camera, bring out a beer in a gel-pack, apply mosquito repellent, and start pulling weeds up by the roots carefully. You would think that, after a couple of years, I wouldn't have a weed problem.
It doesn't work that way. Nature brings weed seeds in from everywhere. There is no stopping it. I swear that if I sterilized a square foot of soil and covered it with heavy plastic, there would be weeds happily growing a month later!
But I can destroy a month of weed growth in a limited are in a day. About 50 square feet a day in a tightly growing flowerbed, anyway. It's tricky weeding a flowerbed with no paths. I have to carefully slide my feet in between plants I want to keep. Then I have to bend every whichway following weeds through the desirable plants down to the roots. Then pull them gently till the roots come up or dig at the spot till I get the roots.
I don't just pull the weeds loose at ground level, I really work at getting the roots.
Well, I made good progress. Here is the pile for today...
Fortunately after several years, I have the compost tumbler reaching a good temperature. Enough to kill most of the weed seeds, I think. But more on that next time...