Not much time for gardening lately, and I have a pretty high tolerance for weeds, but there comes a point when even I say "enough" and have to spend a few minutes pulling.
So here are a few quick before/after photos showing the stream area, which is now so densely planted the weeds are difficult to pick out -- until they're not if you know what I mean. Actually, the stream itself is difficult to pick out...
So here's before:
There's a stairway there somewhere, but mint and stringy stonecrop have overgrown it.
Ahhhh. No need to be an acrobat to walk down these steps now! I got rid of the perilla too -- the purple foliage is great but I have zillions of these everywhere else. I left the Artemesia 'silver mound' that's cascading onto the stairs as it's so great!
The Colocasia in the big pot was a great idea this year, as it really draws your eye from the "noise" of the rest of these plants along the stream:
Now after weeding:
I have to admit that it's difficult to tell the difference here, and that I've missed a few weeds. Still, I like the way this area looks this year and that's all that matters, right? A large Rudbeckia triloba right in the middle of that shot is just coming into bloom -- it will be amazing in a couple of days!
Now I just need to get in there on the other side of the stairs...
...and pull a couple of bushels of peppermint! It makes a nice filler over here with the larger tropicals, but it's getting a bit out of hand I think.
When I have time. Although I'd guess that I won't do anything with this until autumn...