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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms

What a week it was!

And Happy Earth Day Weekend!

The potager garden is fully up and running now. I’ve been slowly planting it and even whipped up a quick centerpiece for the outdoor dining space that I made with a few terra cotta pots and some lavender.

We also installed the arbor that I finished painting last weekend and it LOOKS SO GOOD! I can’t believe how badly the other one looked.

But I guess I thought that since the lonicera was on it you couldn’t really notice, but it was very noticeable after seeing it look like this.

I am shopping around for a water fountain like this one or this one to add to the potager but I haven’t found the right one yet.

potager garden with raised garden beds made from cedar with outdoor dining space, green garden fence with arbor and flowering crabapple.

We spent the early part of the week mulching all of the gardens too. And when I say “we” I mean my assistant gardener and his helpers.

While I used to mulch all of the beds myself at our former home, it is too big a job here and I am not THAT fit. It would take me months to get all these beds done.

I’m often asked how much I actually do here and the answer is…a lot. But for some of the heavier lifting projects, I ask my assistant to help me because he’s a lot stronger than I am and can get things done much faster.

On another note, the trees are in full bloom here and the property looks incredible. I love seeing it in full bloom like this. And the best part is it lasts at least a good week.

In my former garden, we had one flowering crabapple that bloomed for a day or two and then finished. It was beautiful when it flowered, but it did not last long.

garden blogger stacy ling walking through the gardens to see the flowering crabapple trees and daffodils

I wanted to quickly share the lastet tulips to bloom in the front porch garden.

These are called ‘Creme Upstar’ and they are beyond gorgeous.

Isn’t she fabulous? It’s a double flowering tulip with a sweet fragrance. I planted it last fall and am definitely getting more for next year. Wow! 🌷

close up of tulip 'creme upstar'

What I’m Shopping For This Week

I had A LOT of requests this week for my boho dress in the above photo. It is SO COMFY and it fits true to size but it’s also ok to size down because it is so flowy.

Here’s what else I shopped for or have been asked about this week!

  • I stocked up on some new garden gloves as mine are getting a little worn out. And am I the only one who misplaces them all the time?
  • In addition to garden gloves, I bought sunscreen because I’m outside all the time and it’s important to protect your skin from UV damage.
  • I’ve been asked how I get pots, plants, and other garden supplies from one end of the property to another and while I don’t have a gator just yet, I’ve been using this gorilla cart. It is AWESOME. Mine is gray but I couldn’t move things around here as easily. We have a wheelbarrow, but this keeps everything level so it’s easier to transport.
  • To prepare for sowing seeds outdoors, I ordered some peat pots. Yes, I can direct sow in the raised garden beds, but my other gardens are already mulched so not ideal for starting seeds. To get around that, I like to start things like sunflowers, nasturtiums, calendula, etc in these peat pots because they can be directly planted in the ground without disturbing the seedling.
tulip pink perennial in the early spring garden by stone wall
  • If you’ve ever had a bad case of poison ivy before, you know how awful it can be to get rid of the rash. I got it really bad one year and this lotion was the ONLY THING that helped get rid of it for good. Before using it, I was ready to burn my skin off it was so bad. I just bought a few tubes of this to be prepared!
  • Speaking of poison ivy, you can also use a cleanse or scrub to help get the oils off if you know you’ve been in contact with it. I tend to use the scrub in the shower after a long day in the gardens but keep that cleanse handy too. And yes I know you can use good old soap, a washcloth, and water, but when you’ve had a case as bad as I did, you don’t mess around anymore. I just bought some of each so I am prepared.
  • While I didn’t just buy this garden kneeler, I have been using it alot in the gardens lately and it has really saved my knees and back. I highly recommend. I had one for years that broke and I replaced it last year with this one.
  • I stock up on these half-moon plant supports every year because I always late to the party with some plant that needs to be staked. And these half-moon supports are a great solution because there is less damage to the plant as you try to stake it upright.
early spring container garden with pansies and sweet alyssum together with white daffodils, pink tulips and flowering crababpples

What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a fun week on the blog!

To kick off the week, I shared a beautiful bouquet that I styled in a thrift store vintage crock in my family room for a fun pop of color.

Wait until you see how it brightens up the room!

vintage farmhouse family room with round coffee table, wall of windows, neutral textured throw pillows and bouquet of flowers with sunflowers on round coffee table

And since I am all about the gardens this week, I shared my early spring garden tour so you can see just how beautiful everything is!

Finally, I shared the basics of deadheading flowers.

Not all flowers should be deadheaded, so it’s important to know what you have so you know whether that plant will benefit from deadheading or not.

close up of stacy ling in the garden with white dafffodils

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.

vintage farmhouse with daffodils and flowering crabapple with stone wall and beautiful front porch in new jersey

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dahlia kogane fubuki in the potager garden

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Garden Supplies I Use

I’m often asked about the garden supplies and tools that I use most. From pruners to deer repellents, here are some of my favorites in no particular order.

close up of tulips at sunset in the porch garden with daffodils near a stone wall

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Stacy Ling and her family smiling and standing together in a park with lush greenery and a pond in the background on a sunny day for her daughter's graduation from Ohio State University

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Hi there! I hope you had a great week! And happy Mother’s Day to all of the amazing moms out there! Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms What a week it was! After a long weekend in Columbus, Ohio celebrating Shana’s graduation from THE Ohio State University, I am exhausted! It…
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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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  1. Love, love, love your gardens.
    I plant several dozen new daffodil bulbs every year. Every year only a handful of flowers actually bloom. This has occurred for over 20 years. I have asked scores of gardeners and searched the internet for a solution, but no luck.
    Help. Your daffodils are gorgeous.

  2. Stacy
    Such a great week. Everything is looking marvelous. Thanks for sharing my poke Tuna Stack.

  3. Thanks so much for including me in your round up! I love seeing what you are up to each week and taking a virtual stroll through your beautiful gardens!