A Whirlwind
Unraveling . . .

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The other day, I was looking through old photos, and came across a few from Erin's high school graduation . . . now 10 years ago.  I was kind of shocked at how drastic the changes to my landscape have been!  (A future blog post, perhaps.) Over the last 10 years, I have added garden beds to my yard in a rather significant way.

What this means, in practical terms, is that I've pretty much reached my limit of what I can possibly maintain.  (Actually, I've probably exceeded my maintenance capacity.  But, oh well.)  So there are always "good parts" of my garden . . . and "bad parts."  It's like a constant game of Whack-a-Mole to keep everything looking good.  

At this time of year especially - when everything in the garden is exploding - the "bad parts" are really, really bad.   (Especially in the areas that suffered from my neglect last year.)


Case in point.  

This is actually my butterfly garden (officially certified as a Monarch Waystation).  But now totally overrun with weeds and random grass and and dandelions and out-of-control knautia volunteers!  I re-named this garden bed The Prairie earlier this spring -- but couldn't get to it right away (because other priorities in that great garden game of Whack-a-Mole).

But last Sunday, I was able to spend about 4 hours out there.


I actually find weeding to be relaxing and therapeutic -- kind of like meditation.  Or yoga.  Or knitting.  Only with birds.  (And the occasional garter snake and a few toads.)  On Sunday afternoon, this was a great place for me to be.  I was missing Erin, mulling over some new ideas, and working out a few troublesome life-issues.  

Before I knew it . . . I'd filled up 10 or 12 buckets of weeds, located my wayward garden stones (thanks, Tom!), and enlisted my digger (Tom again) to remove some overgrown plants I no longer want in this space.

And . . . voilà!


Not a great view . . . but you can see that the weeds are gone, the mulch is in place, and the stones are ABOVE the ground now.  Not so much with The Prairie motif anymore.  There's still PLENTY of work to be done in this particular garden, but I can consider this "mole" "whacked" for now.  

(And - in full disclosure - I've got 3 more "bad" garden areas to "whack"!)



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That's a spectacular difference! I think I need to approach weeding differently. I tend to walk by the garden, stop and pull a couple of weeds on my way to do something else, and that's it. It would be far more meditative and enjoyable if I just made a plan to go out there and spend some time weeding.


Wow! This year I've hired the "garden boys" (my 16 year old nephew & three of his friends) to help me with weeding the overgrown areas. They can get it done in half the time it takes me to do it and I can focus on my flowers!


Kym! I'm amazed at the transformation of your space--in 4 hours! That was time well spent!


wow! you know I always love your gardening posts because I get to see something brand new to me. Today's lesson was that (only) four hours could completely transform a space. and you say it was time that was good for your head, I'll assume your spirit, too - and I'm positive you felt the effects on Monday in your legs, back and arms. I never think of gardening as a whole body experience, until I see how you do it! thank you for sharing!


I love your before, after, and honest appraisal of weeding. I usually dread it and make a big deal out of it, but four hours outside on a decent day in the garden is really much more of a blessing than a curse. That cart and curved green handled trowel (?weed digger) might help me view the task even more kindly. Have fun whacking more in the garden and thanks for the attitude re-set!


The transformation that weeding brings is something that never ceases to amaze me. Weeding as Yoga - brilliant!! XO


I too like some meditative weeding time. Your ability to do it for 4 hours is pretty amazing though! The space looks great Kym...and I hope the time brought you to a better place all around! xo


wow.... looks fantastic! It always amuses me that a unmade beds or dishes in the sink don't faze me, but untidy garden beds make me want to get to work!


Oh my, your gardens are productive, with weeds and flowers. I admire them all.
I always want to weed as it calms me and gives me easy reflection of what is on my mind.
I have decreased my beds and put in more plants that are perennial lately as I realize I can't get to them all. Year to year it settles down to more viewing + reading + knitting than gardening but I do miss the activity.
Someday my garden might be a windowbox.


"May all your weeds be wildflowers!"

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