While Marley's Birthday Party was going on Saturday, and to watch over the cats playing in the fenced back yard, I took advantage of the time to pull weeds from a section of the flowerbed where the old perennials had about died out (Veronica and Dianthus, both of which have always just limped along here).
I pulled the tops of all the weeds carefully, looking for existing good plants,
That left clumps of hard (but good) soil with some weed roots. So I crushed all the clumps by hand (great hand exercise) and pulled out all the roots I could find.
I had some leftover sun-loving plants from seeds in small 6-cel flats. They weren't in good condition, but they weren't dead either, so I planted them in the cleared spot. Eight Butterfly Weeds (Asclepias, perennial), and if they survive, that will be fine because I planted them near other perennials (Torch Lily and Autumn Joy Sedum). Next to those, I planted 6 surviving Basil. Then I found that there were 10 Black Eye Susan Vine barely growing, so I stuck them in the ground too. Well, why not. Give them a chance, you know?
The Butterfly Weed look mostly dead, but even the worst had some small leaf buds and the roots were healthy.