This however, is how my flower beds actually look.
The big problem I have right now is that I didn't do a good job in the fall preparing for the spring! I see my neighbors in their yards at the end of summer, cutting things back and tyding up their beds to make things easier come springtime...at least that's why I assume they are doing it. As you can see...I have weeds, leaves, and I never trimmed anything back last fall.
I have been thinking (for the last three years!) about trying to find a couple of Amish girls I could hire for just a few visits to get things in order for me. My husband says to "go for it!" Maybe they could give me some tips too! Their yards are always so immaculate...maybe they have a magic solution they could share with me on how to keep the weeds away!
Maybe I should just do what I do every spring....get out there and just do it! Usually by Mother's Day I have things looking pretty decent...and I always feel kind of proud of myself when it's all finished. But that's just it...it's never really finished and come July...many of my annuals are dead and my perrenials are out of control. Mix in all the weeds and it feels overwhelming again! Maybe I'll just stick to admiring everyone else's yard!