Happy news! My neighbor gardener- Amy, did show up and worked hard for me Monday and Tuesday! Wow, she is good- I give her weed-pulling ability an A.... where as I am only an average C. I was very pleased AND grateful!
Since she removed all the dead plants, this was a good time to lay down some fresh mulch. I did this Wednesday morning (12 bags) before work when it was still cool out.
Now the real test begins for me..... can I keep up with the gardening now? I guess it takes going out each week and pulling up any new weeds, which I've learn it's NOT too hard to do in the early morning.... this gives me some needed outdoor time during this hot dry summer.
About the only thing currently blooming are my blue Salvia which reseed themselves each year.... so I guess they are just plain hardy.