Plotting, planning and pondering

Here are some shots of the bed I have to excise, and a sad view of the Oleander. I feel sorry for it. One of the most difficult things I ever have to do as a gardener is to take out live plants. Somehow, it just runs counter to nature and even if there's only one measley little lingering leaf, you can bet I'm not going to want to rip it out by the roots until all hope is gone!

We'll have company all next week, so these guys get a stay of execution for at least a week, and I'll be hoping for some inspiration (and taking suggestions!) about what to put in the new blank slate.