I will cut it out today.
Ugh. Such an ugly picture. I am only showing it here to illustrate how if you do not attend to your flower beds by removing tree seedlings, you'll soon see small trees everywhere.
I do realize that some gardeners like to keep the tree seedlings that randomly show up in their gardens.
If I kept every tree seedling that rooted itself in my garden, I'd live in a forest and it wouldn't be all native redbud trees. It would include the invasive Chinese mulberry trees in abundance. Plus invasive honeysuckle and some invasive Chinese bittersweet vines. But also a few oaks, walnuts, and cottonwoods. But also invasive burning bush and wintercreeper vines.
Back to the ugly picture.
It is ugly because it shows how dried up the garden is, due to lack of rain. And partly due to my optimism. I always think it will eventually rain again, and in time for these plants to survive. And even if it doesn't rain soon, these plants will survive somehow.
And if they don't survive, I will have spaces to plant more plants in the spring.
In other words, it will all turn out just fine.
As long as I pull ou that redbud seedling.