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What a week it was!

We had the most beautiful weather all week long so got a lot done in the gardens this week. I finished doing some cleanup and we set up one of the raised garden beds and got it going.

To prepare for the new beds in the potager garden, we needed to empty out the industrial raised garden beds. But I had perennial herbs, strawberries, and tulips in them, so I had to juggle things around to move the soil.

I dug up like 40 tulip bulbs that started growing and relocated them to the front garden along the stone wall. They seem to be OK. Hopefully, they will reacclimate and still bloom.

daffodils and double flowering tulips blooms in the spring garden
beautiful pink hellebores aka lenten rose

Because we are increasing the size of the raised garden beds, I’m planning to grow a lot more vegetables this year. My onions just arrived in the mail, so I planted those and got them going.

I’m not certain I’ll keep them where I’m planting them, but at least they are going in the garden and getting started.

Some of you might be wondering what I’m doing with the old raised garden beds now that we dismantled them.

And the answer is?

I’m not really sure. I love them, they are fabulous, and I highly recommend getting them if you want to buy pre-made raised garden beds. But they don’t work with the vibe in the potager garden.

What Chris is building will look so beautiful when it’s all done. That, it’s worth switching them out.

new raised garden beds for potager garden DIY

Speaking of building, here’s a quick update on the progress. Two of the garden beds are completely done. One of which is filled with soil and has some plants in them already. The other will get loaded up with leaf mold, compost, hummus and raised garden bed soil later this week.

Chris and Mark are working on the new raised garden beds today because it rained yesterday, but they are making a lot of progress.

The design is going to get a little tricky so these last few beds might take a little longer to build than the first two. But we’ll see. They are doing amazing with this and I am in awe at how incredible they look.

plaid living room chair in spring with muted gold throw pillow, faux flowers, houseplants and modern farmhouse floor lamp

I’ve been in the garage staining and painting the new arbor for the fence replacement. Not sure if I told you, but the entrance to the front pond garden is totally rotting out and falling apart.

So we shopped around and decided to just buy an arbor then stain/paint it to make the repair. We have the arbor, it’s all built, it just needs a stain and then green exterior paint to help it match the rest of the fence.

And then the fun will begin because I’ll need to do some surgery on the old one so the lonicera that’s growing on it stays intact.

family room in spring with faux flowers, indoor plants, mango wood round coffee table and sectional with creamy neutral throw pillow covers.

On another note, we kicked off celebrating Mackenzie’s birthday this weekend as some friends of hers from Bucknell came for a visit. It was a lot of fun and I know she appreciated them coming out to hang with her.

Her friends took her out for dinner and we made a little surprise for her when she came home. One of Tori’s besties made that incredible cake, can you believe that?

It tastes just as good as it looks too!

She has a few more besties dropping by next weekend too. So I guess you can say we are celebrating her birthday for like a week? hahaha.

Blogger Stacy Ling's daughter's 23rd birthday suprise party
Mackenzie's birthday cake made by Tori's friend

On a personal note, I’ve been having a shoulder issue for the last few months. I can still move it and stuff but have been in limited in motion from pain.

Turns out I’ve got a shoulder impingement. And since it has not healed on its own, I got my first cortisone shot ever in my life.

It was painful to do but my shoulder feels a lot better now so I’m grateful it helped!

Lilac flowers by the Fire Pit Garden at night lit with solar lanters and surrounded by hostas and twinkle lights

What I’m Shopping For This Week

This week was a little about this and that. I needed to restock on a few things and found some great deals on others.

Here’s what I shopped for this week.

  • If you’ve got deer or other critter problems in your garden, this repellent is THE BOMB! A must-have with your spring garden supplies.
  • Well, I broke my last set of blue blocking reader glasses and can’t find the others, so I bought them again. My favorite is the tortoise shell one, so when that broke, I had to get another set.
  • I bought a few more of my favorite solar lanterns. These are the larger ones that throw off the prettiest light pattern. I’ve had my lanterns for years, they look gorgeous and are worth getting now before they sell out.
  • And because I like to hang them in the gardens, I picked up a few more shepherds hooks too. These are great for holding lanterns and hanging plants too.
  • I’m also a HUGE fan of these solar string lights for the gardens. We didn’t put ours up last year because I wasn’t sure where they were going, but after taking stock of them this year, I need a few more strands.
  • I’m often asked what I feed my roses and hands down, this is the best rose fertilizer. The abundance of blooms I get every season is astounding.
  • And to feed my vegetables, I use this fertilizer too.
  • For spring, I wanted to get a few new dresses. I LOVE this pretty green one and may wear it for Easter this year.
  • But I’m also ordering a few more of these boho maxi dresses with the pretty patterns. I got a lot of compliments on them last year, they are super comfortable, and look good on all shapes and sizes.
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What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a fun week on the blog!

We kicked off a really busy week with my latest thrift store find. Did you see it yet? I shared the backstory about how I found it in the Habitat for Humanity Restore, and what we plan to do with it…maybe…plus how I styled it for spring and more.

Spring has sprung and it’s time to show off my blooming abode! Wait until you see my spring home tour where you’ll find fresh flowers, pastel hues, and plenty of sunshine. Come on in and we’ll tour the front porch, foyer, dining room, living room, sunroom, and family room.

this gorgeous storage cabinet is my latest thrift store find that I decorated with vintage crock, faux flowers, a frame birdhouse and pottery with indoor plants.

Hosting a spring gathering and short on time? Don’t worry, with these 10-minute quick decor ideas, your table will be blooming in no time.

From vibrant flowers to fresh greenery, it’s amazing how a few simple touches can transform any space. Get ready to impress your guests with these simple ideas.

Looking for some fresh recipe ideas for a ladies luncheon? Whether you are hosting book club or enjoying lunch with your besties, wait until you try these easy salad bar menu recipes for a luncheon.

And finally, we chatted about three different ways to start a new garden this year. If you are looking to make a new bed, there are a few ways to do it. You can check them out here:

Tulips that bloom like peonies -Gardening 101: How to Keep pest and disease problems under control

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.

With all of the spring home tours this week, there was so much beautiful inspiration to draw from, but here are some of my favorites.

If you haven’t stopped by to see them, yet, you will love the spring decorating inspiration in these posts.

But I also loved this stacked cobb salad from my good friend Rachel at the Ponds Farmhouse. I am totally making this. It looks so good right?

cobb salad stack with chicken in green house on salad bar table by the ponds farmhouse

And I also love the thrift store finds that my good friend Kim from Shiplap and Shells found for her spring decor.

Kim has a gift for decorating with vintage and flowers, so you’ll want to stop by and see all of the inspiration from her post.

thrift store find with red and yellow tulips in cottage style home by shiplap and shells

And finally, I love how my good friend Jen from Midwest Life and Style decorated her table for this week ladies luncheon salad bar theme for supper club.

Did you see it?

It’s perfect for spring.

midwest life and style spring garden tablescape with terracotta, watering can and flowers
Midwest Life and Style

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dahlia kogane fubuki in the potager garden

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A large garden pot filled with white sweet alyssum and pink flowers of gomphrena, surrounded by lush green and variegated yellow hosta plants in a vibrant garden setting.

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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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12 Comments

  1. Hi Stacy! Thank you for sharing my Easter decor on a budget blog post! I can’t wait to see your gardens in full bloom this year. I’m so sorry to hear about your shoulder but glad it’s feeling better now. Happy Sunday!!!

    1. I’m looking forward to seeing your gardens this year! We celebrated my son’s bday this weekend, too! Happy bday to your daughter! Hope your shoulder is better in no time!! 💛

  2. Stacy, thank you so much for sharing my screen table again. I loved this month’s theme. So fun! Hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

  3. Sorry to read about your shoulder. Happy the shot helped.

    Wish I had this repellent in our old house. It was like Jungle Habitat. Remember that place?

    Thr fact it stays after 24 hours us awesome

    Beautiful cake and Happy Birthday McKenzie

    1. Thank you Cindy! Yes this stuff is great! Better than the topical only cause it gets taken in by the plant itself.

  4. Stacy
    Wow you are making such progress with your garden. I can’t believe you transferred that many bulbs. I know it will all be amazing. Thanks for sharing my salad recipe. You are the best.