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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms

What a week it was!

I’m still busy in the gardens digging, dividing, and moving things around. And even started planting my spring flowering bulbs so the gardens look even more amazing than they already in spring 2023.

We still haven’t had our first frost here yet, so it’s been lovely spending more time in the gardens than I was able to in my former home.

I mean, it’s almost November and we haven’t had the first frost yet – that’s crazy to me!

I know we had it where we used to live so this was really a good move for us cause now, I can enjoy the gardens for longer!

Even the dahlias are finally blooming like they should have 2 months ago. But I guess better late than never right?

front pond in flal with bridge on park like property in zone 6a new jersey the garden state

Are you looking forward to Halloween? My girls are all celebrating with their friends at parties this weekend.

And I’ll probably dress my dogs up like I typically do.

But now that we moved, we don’t have much of a neighborhood anymore, so I’m not expecting trick-or-treaters this year.

black lab Dogs on Halloween on front steps

Kind of sad, but that’s part of the new life we chose here at the new house.

We have much more privacy than we did before and the homes are not nearly as close together as they were in our old neighborhood.

I do miss our neighbors though because they were all so kind and we lived on the same block for like 23 years!

Cottage garden overlooking the valley in fall gardening zone 6a new jersey

What I’m Shopping For This Week

I’m starting to prepare for Christmas, are you? I know it’s still fall here but I like to get started decorating.

BUT I don’t go crazy with lots of reds and greens. I pretty much mix in some winter greens with a neutral fall look and add some twinkle lights until the day after Thanksgiving.

It’s what I like to call Fristmas.

Since I host Thanksgiving, I can’t completely lose fall so blending fall with Christmas is a great way to make it work!

And who doesn’t want to enjoy the Christmas season a little bit longer? Am I right?

close up of pumpkins with stattle stone on stone wall with fall foliage in gardening zone 6a backyard garden

Anyway, I’ve been shopping around for some clothes and Christmas stuff lately to decorate a new tree I’m sharing soon from my favorite, King of Christmas.

Here’s what I’m shopping for this week!

  • This is my new flocked Christmas tree. I’ve never had a flocked tree before and plan to add this one to my front entry hall. My niece is crocheting a tree skirt for me and I can’t wait to see it!
  • I bought these tea light lanterns to use as part of my table decor but I think I’m snagging another box or two to add to my new flocked tree! They are so pretty in person and are just the right size to add that pretty vintage look.
  • I am also purchasing more battery-operated window candles with suction cups to get that soft glow in all of the windows here. I have some already but need more here.
  • Cozy fall flannel alert! Love how soft and roomy this one is.
  • Also, love a good cozy oversized sweater cardigan! Plus it’s on sale so hopefully when this publishes it will still be 40% off cause it’s a great deal!
  • If you haven’t ordered your amaryllis bulbs yet, now is the time before they sell out. I love this double-flowering variety of amaryllis. If you order and plant now, they should bloom around Christmas time.
close up of changing foliage on japanese maple in wooded backyard with green garden fence

What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a fun week on the blog!

Since it’s the end of the month, my virtual supper club and I got together to share some fall brunch ideas for Friendsgiving or maybe you are hosting family Thanksgiving weekend.

Our Friendsgiving brunch menu is incredible with lots of fall flavors and ideas of things to make over the next month.

And the tables are even more beautiful this year than last year’s fall-themed supper clubs.

close up of friendsgiving brunch or thanksgiving table setting with gold charger, lenox dinner and salad plate, mustard linen napkin and pumpkin with centerpiece of flowers and pumpkins with candles

I know I probably say that every month, but each time we publish I’m in awe of the talent in our dinner group.

So be sure to check out everyone’s Friendsgiving decor and dining table centerpiece ideas here.

You can also see my table in real-time in this quick video here.

Plus you can learn how to make my no carve pumpkin and flowers centerpiece here.

close up of friendsgiving decor and dining table centerpiece with fresh flowers, pumpkins and candles with crystal chandelier, black china cabinet and hutch.

Oh and if you want to organize your own supper club? I shared a bunch of tips to organize your own.

If you aren’t in one, trust me when I tell you that you want to be!

Some of the best memories I have are from our local dinner club parties. The themes were always fun, we never stopped laughing and the food was always outstanding.

Plus it was a great way to sample new foods you might not ordinarily try.

close up of creamy pumpkin soup recipe in Hearth and Hand blue stoneware bowl with toppings of chopped bacon, sour cream and parsley
Close up of Creamy Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Amazing Inspiration from Around the Web

I love finding cool inspiration from around the web and wanted to share some of what I’m loving right now.

It was a beautiful week of inspiration as I know a lot of my blogging friends are wrapping up their fall content as we move into the holiday season.

And yes, I know it’s early, but we roll when the brands roll to bring you inspiration so you get ideas and have time to shop before things sell out.

Anyway, my good friend Rachel from the Ponds Farmhouse, whom you know I adore, set the prettiest table for our Friendsgiving Brunch in her greenhouse.

friendsgiving brunch table setting idea by the ponds farmhouse
The Ponds Farmhouse

My good friend Kim from Shiplap and Shells has been busy decorating her greenhouse and cottage garden for fall AND halloween.

As you know, I am a huge fan of Kim’s garden and greenhouse on the PNW and this year, she did some cool things with her plants, flowers and spooky decor.

Wait until you see it!

shiplap and shells greenhouse with fall decor pumpkins and scarecrows with twinkle lights

And since there is so much beauty left in the gardens here on the east coast, my good friend Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill shared her swan song of the season and wow her garden knocked my socks off.

Just look at that amaranth draping over the fence with the zinnias and fall foliage in the background.

It was truly a beautiful autumn here in the northeast!

New england garden in fall by cottage on bunker hill

And here is some more inspiration you’ve got to see!

These staircase wall decorating ideas.

These fall coffee table decor styling tips.

This homemade granola apple crisp.

This two ingredient apple cider mimosa recipe.

Oh yum! This savory cranberry walnut baked brie recipe.

Decorating with vintage flower frog ideas.

These tips for making an easy fall pillow.

formal garden in late october with fall foliage, garden statues and gazebo

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stacy ling cutting dahlias in her garden
Home and Garden Blogger Stacy Ling cutting zinnia flowers in her cottage garden with wood picket fence in front of garden shed

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close up of front pond bridge in fall in zone 6a new jersey garden

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  1. What a great week! I’m loving those flannels too! Thanks so much for including us in your roundup. Happy Sunday!

  2. I know I say this all the time, but your gardens really are spectacularly beautiful, Stacy! You might miss your old neighborhood, but I think you made the right move to your new property! And it is nice to see that photo of your sweet dogs! So cute in their costumes!

    1. Thank you Molly! It was a good move for us – we are really happy we did it. I am dressing them up later today! LOL! xoxoxo

  3. With your virtual supper club, does that mean no one actually comes over to eat, but you prepare the elaborate tablescape, food, and then send it via email, zoom. or whatever?? I don’t understand what a virtual supper club is.

    1. As a creative way to share table decor, centerpiece, entertaining, and recipe ideas yes since we all live in different states, however, we each do something with our tables on our own cause why let a beautiful table and food go to waste? Sometimes I share it with friends, family, etc. – depending on the month.