To make room for new and improved, I hope, landscaping, this patch of Vinca Major had to be removed. I'd been wanting to do this for years but its such a formidable task that it was easier to just Grinch about it. But then my wonderful neighbors came over a couple of weeks ago to move chips into other parts of this Not-So-Secret-Garden and that finally got me in gear.
This was last weekend. The little patch in front is mostly Japanese Anenomies that the deer had forgotten to eat. Of course, now that all the vinca has been removed the deer will probably dine on what's left of the anenomies. Did discover that vinca is not too hard to remove using one of those little claw/blade thingies. (if I was clever the photo of such a tool would be here). Naturally there are always a few hidden roots that suddenly grow leaves and start the process all over but if one pays attention and gets them in their youth so to speak, the stuff can be kept under control.
Here is how it looks at the moment. It will eventually have some ornamental grass clumps, and lots of Mexican Lobelia, Sticky Monkey Flower, California fuchsia, and other things native and/or drought resistant.
My intention was to work more on it yesterday but my back muscles finally went on strike and I decided to get a haircut instead. Oy, did I ever get a haircut! I won't need another one for months! Yikes!