Hopefully you can tell that there is nothing but weeds between the plants, save for a groundcover of creeping thyme and plumbago. On the right side I've started weeding and mulching. What a difference!
Meanwhile, I have to continually deadhead the 15 roses, five hydrangeas and three butterfly bushes. Plus I have beebalm, phlox, hostas, daylilies, oriental lilies, daises, and catmint that have finished blooming. I also have close to 100 irises that get ratty at this time of year and need to be cut down.
I just couldn't accomplish as much as I had planned this weekend due to the severe heat and humidity, along with intermittent vicious thunderstorms. Oh, and a tornado warning Friday afternoon. I'm just grateful I didn't lose my power.
Here's a beautiful woodpecker eating the flowers of a mullein.
Here's the view from the deck (it's two stories up off the kitchen; I have a walkout basement.)
This is where I ended.