I hope you had a great week!
(Posts on stacyling.com may contain affiliate links. Click HERE for full disclosure.)
Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms
What a week it was!
Chris and Mark made some serious progress with the raised garden beds. They are almost completed building them. And then next up, I need to fill them!
We also removed ALL of the boxwoods from the potager garden and wow, does it look different in there now.
Most were relocated to other areas of the property. A few were not worth keeping. Hopefully, they will survive the move this season.
- ‘At Last’
- ‘Ringo Double Pink’
- ‘Oso Easy Double Pink’
- ‘Ringo Landscape Rose’
They didn’t all go in the potager garden but many of them did! I also tucked some in the pool garden as roses seem to like the spot there.
It’s been a long week of planting already and we haven’t even scratched the surface yet of the season. I am seriously giddy with excitement.
I started painting the new arbor and it’s looking good! Hopefully, I’ll wrap up painting it this week so we can install it.
Overall, I’m really pleased with the progress of this garden. It’s really coming along and my vision is starting to come to life!
I also started some more seeds that include amaranth, ageratum, strawflowers, and California poppies. Next week, I plan to wrap up the indoor seed starting with 9 zinnia varieties.
With the forsythia starting to bloom, it’s time to fertilize the lawn and put down any pre-emergent control. This is the only time of year I fertilize the lawn as I am not a fan of applying pesticides throughout the season.
Not sure what to get friends, family, and others in your life this year? I got you!
Get my 25-page free downloadable shoppable gift guide that has lots of great ideas for him, for her, teen boys and girls, kids, teachers, gardeners, pet lovers, and lots lots more!
My hope is that this guide will help you knock this part of the hustle and bustle off your list so you can sit back and savor the season a bit more.
Grab your free guide here.
I’d rather overseed with tall fescue every late summer which is more drought-tolerant and pest resistant here in NJ.
The daffodils are starting to profusely bloom here. They look so beautiful right now!
Oh, and the hellebores are looking pretty spectacular too. Did you plant them yet? They are really a treasure in the early days of spring.
What I’m Shopping For This Week
This week, I’m stocking up on a few odds and ends while getting ready for the gardening season. Cause it is about to get super busy here!
- I bought a few of these grow through plant supports. They come in a pack of 5 so I ordered a few bunches as I use them on my peonies and other flowers that need staking.
- To help with plant divisions this year, I bought this hori hori knife. Do you have one yet? It helps when you are dividing tubers and other types of plants. It can even be used to help loosen soil and has been on my wish list for some time now.
- I bought these grow bags to start my potatoes in this year. I’ve not grown potatoes before and don’t want to use the space in the raised garden beds for them so will grow them in these instead.
- I also bought more drip irrigation kits so I can more easily water the hanging baskets and planters on the porches and in the zen garden.
What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms
It was a fun week on the blog!
We slowed things down a bit this week as I’ve been spending a lot of time working outside and enjoying the beautiful spring weather in the gardens.
To kick off the week, I shared everything you need to know to grow peonies. And if you find that they have a short bloom season, there’s a trick to getting an extended bloom time.
If you have trouble getting your peonies to bloom, this post will help you learn why and how to fix it.
With spring bulbs starting to bloom, how are yours doing? If they didn’t come up or failed to bloom, there are a few reasons why that could be.
Learn what may have impacted flowering and how to fix it here.
And finally, we chatted about how to grow zinnias and enjoy the flowers. If you aren’t growing these in your garden yet, you are missing out!
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.
My good friend Rachel from the Ponds Farmhouse has been pretty busy.
She made this beautiful DIY painted rug and it looks so aweseome!
My good friend Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill shared her tips for creating a beautiful DIY gallery wall on a budget.
I love how this turned out. Doesn’t it look so pretty?
As an aside, I love that floor lamp too!
And here is some more inspiration you’ve got to see!
These April gardening to-do’s in the pacific northwest.
Love this recipe for an asparagus spring salad.
This pretty spring vignette.
And this moss wreath DIY.
If you enjoy these posts, you can find past Bricks ‘n Blooms Weekly posts here.
And… If you’re catching up on blog posts you may have missed, be sure to sign-up to get my newest posts via email to stay up to date with everything that’s happening here on the blog and more.
Want to learn more about me?
I’m a master gardener who’s been gardening and growing things for over 25 years. With a deep passion for gardening, I enjoy helping others find their inner green thumb with all things plants and flowers, as well as find ways to bring the outdoors inside their homes too.
Get the inside scoop about my background as a master gardener, education, and experience, as well as why I started blogging.
Sign Me Up!
Sign up for my free newsletter to get blog posts, seasonal tips, recipes, and more delivered straight to your inbox!
Plus, get free VIP access to my Resource Library where you’ll find insider freebies not readily available to the public.
Thank you so much for following along.
Enjoy a beautiful day! xo