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Bricks ‘n Blooms Weekly 136

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I hope you had a great week!

And Happy Father’s Day to all of you amazing dads out there!

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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms

What a week it was!

After an insanely busy week with my daughter’s graduation and prom, we slowed things down a bit this week.

I spent a few days in the garden cutting back spring bulb foliage and planting about 65 perennials.

That’s right, I planted 65 perennials.

And let me tell you the new garden looks good!!!

It’s a new pollinator garden on the side of the house where the formal garden is and it looks so pretty!

In addition to planting a new garden, I also tucked a few shade-tolerant plants into some of the existing beds.

I planted lots of newbies from Proven Winners that include:

  • Amsonia ‘Storm Cloud’
  • Achillea ‘Firefly Peach Sky’
  • Lavender ‘Sweet Romance’
  • Gypsophila ‘Festival Star’
  • Echinacea ‘Raspberry Beret’
  • Astilbe ‘Dark Side of the Moon’
  • Astilbe ‘Chantilly Lace’
  • Brunnera ‘Queen of Hearts’
  • Lungwort ‘Pink-a-Blue’
  • Hosta Shadowland ‘Hudson Bay’
  • Hosta ‘Wheee!’
  • And a few others

I can’t wait to show you how they look!

Do you guys remember when I planted those 40 bare-root roses? Well, they are starting to bloom now too!

‘At Last’ is so pretty! It’s got a beautiful peachy color that looks so good with the green garden fence in the potager garden.

I can’t wait to see these get a little bigger so they fill in more. It’s a really gorgeous rose!

At Last Rose by Proven Winners
‘At Last’ Rose by Proven Winners
close up of first sweet pea flowers from the garden
‘Streamers Chocolate’ and ‘Royal Wedding’ Sweet Peas

The sweet peas started blooming about a week ago. While I didn’t want to do it, I forced my self to cut them and make a small bouquet.

Because the more you cut sweet peas, the more flowers you will get. So I am cutting!

Speaking of the potager garden, it’s really filling in now.

Some of the lettuce has started to bolt. But the herbs and snap peas are still going strong. The tomatoes, peppers, onions, zucchini, cucumbers and potatoes look really good so far too. I can’t wait to start harvesting them.

I’m thrilled that the sweet peas are all starting to climb the fence and bloom. Last year, a rabbit mowed down every single one.

A few of the dahlias, larkspur, strawflowers, and zinnias are almost ready to bloom.

So far, the garden fails in this bed is a chipmunk or bird got to my sunflower seed starts. So that’s a bummer.

Oh, and the last Lisianthus seedling died too – so there’s that.

raised garden beds in the potager garden filled with flowers for the cut flower garden

We were supposed to head up to Vermont this weekend but we saw a lot of rain in the forecast and decided to stay here.

Chris and I went to Fitz Fish to pick up more shubunkin goldfish. All 10 of ours survived last year, so we decided to add some more to the school.

We also dropped by a garden statue shop as we are looking for a birdbath or fountain for the potager garden.

And guess what? I bought a fountain!

footbridge over koi pond in park like setting in New Jersey

What I’m Shopping For This Week

Looking back at what I was shopping for, it was definitely a little of this and a little of that. Here’s what I bought this week:

apple blossom begonia and other begonias

What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a fun week on the blog!

With temperatures soaring, don’t let your garden or houseplants burn up and dry out while you are away.

It does not take much to kill plants that are neglected for even a day or two in the extreme heat.

And some plants may not recover.

If you’ll be out of town, here are some tips to keep your plants happy, healthy, and most importantly, ALIVE while you are traveling.

container gardens filled with pink and yellow annual flowers in the zen garden

Looking for a simple dish to serve as an appetizer or part of a main course?

I got you.

I shared a tasty summer recipe with a step-by-step process to create a crispy and delicious dish that will impress your family and friends.

Wait until you see how easy and delicious this recipe is to make!

close up of coconut shrimp on platter with orange marmelade dipping sauce and lemons

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.

These tips for decorating with thrifted decor in the kitchen.

These cottage garden tips.

This DIY accent table.

This 4th of July table decor idea.

These grilling tools are the perfect gift for Father’s Day.

These tips for setting a red white and blue table.

And these tips for decorating a summer mantel.

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close up of caramel creme coreopsis

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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.

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  1. What a great week! Loving all those flowers! Thanks so much for sharing our table. Happy Father’s Day!