In the Garden: When It's Time For A Change!

Happy Wednesday Friends! It has become a long, hot summer here in Texas.  We have only had one night of rain in the last six weeks and sadly my garden is showing it! When I first started gardening, I moved plants around like furniture in my house, until I found the best place for them.  Now that my garden is more established, I try not to move older plants but whether it is due to drought or another issue, sometimes a change is needed...

Changes in the garden

I am not sure when I first planted vinca as a groundcover, maybe seven or eight years ago.  It is always so lovely in the spring with its tiny periwinkle blooms. Unfortunately, I have noticed each summer it gets more vine like and higher maintenance.  Despite frequent trimmings, this June it was the worst ever and I decided it had to go!

Garden changes

For the last month, I have been painstakingly digging it up--what a chore! It took long enough but it was worth it.  No more high maintenance! Since fall is approaching, I added fresh mulch. Once it cools down a little here, I will probably fill in with some lavender.  Until then, I shopped the garden for a few fresh accents...


I made these glass marble stepping stones several years ago and change their location every so often.  

DIY glass gem stepping stones

This little twig bench was a yard sale find and it has moved around a few times too.

Garden whimsy

Sometimes change is good ;)

Late summer garden

Have you made any changes lately?


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  1. I just love the aqua mirror on your fence! Your stepping stones and the little chair are perfect for your garden. Looks great! I have the periwinkle in my garden too and thankfully it is still looking good. It is the English Ivy in my garden that is dying off and it looks horrible. I am not sure why, but it is not just in my garden. I am trying to bring it back. We recently pulled out some overgrown bushes on the side of our house and I am in the process of filling one of those in with a vignette. I have a farm table, an old chippy shutter door and a chair. I will hopefully get it together and post about it soon. I am trying not to just neglect my garden because it is the end of summer!!

  2. Hi Cecilia,
    I like it! Vinca is pretty but the vines can be challenging! I have a tiny bit in the back yard - it's one of the few things that survived my dogs. Lol. This summer is definitely hard on the plants. I'm having a hard time keeping up with the watering. Love the little bench with its cute saying! Stay cool, my friend!

  3. Simply lovely, my friend. I haven't done much gardening lately... I walked out to my backyard this morning and saw the deer got to my yellow rose bush. The blooms and buds are all gone. I must confess that I was quite sad when I saw it.

    Thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration, lovely lady!

  4. First of all I wanted to say I LOVED seeing pictures of your garden. The chair with the bird on it is so sweet!

    Just this morning, the Lord has been prompting me to pray about an opportunity that is presenting itself to me and my husband that would involve a very big change! (My first knee-jerk response was, no, I don't want to even entertain the idea.)

    As I read about your vinca plant, it was such a perfect metaphor to our lives when we sit in the same place for a long period of time, we can grow, "viney and high maintenance" too. I think the Lord may call some of us to "change location" so that we can bear new fruit for His Glory.

    Thank you for the insights!

  5. So lovely. Your pink roses are so lovely as is your garden over all. Not too many changes this week as my grand dog kept me busy while I was pet sitter for him. Thanks for a lovely visit via the enchanting rose.

    Kaye Swain

  6. It's fun to make a few changes in the garden. Cutting out a ground cover is a big job. I have Vinca in an area on my rock wall. I usually cut it to the ground in the spring. The area is shady so it stays quite pretty. Still cutting it back in the spring is a bit of a chore. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  7. Congratulations! This post was popular on my last link up. I featured it this week.
    Love your garden ideas!
    So Much At Home

  8. Isn't it funny how something can be planted in the beginning to be low maintenance but it turns out to be just the opposite? We've all done it! Your mirror on the fence reminds me that I've wanted to do that. :)

  9. My changes just involve planting moving flowers. I did put an old red chair out in the garden with a basket of flowers on it.


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