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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms

What a week it was!

In the Garden

Last week, I shared that I bought a fountain for the potager garden but didn’t show you how it looks!

Sorry it took me a while to include a photo of it, but I was busy living in the moment enjoying the outdoors with Chris and the girls for Father’s Day weekend, and didn’t snap pics of it right away.

Let me just preface this photo by saying, I LOVE IT!!!

The fountain really completes the look of the potager garden and it’s so lovely to hear the sounds while I’m harvesting herbs, weeding, or enjoying a meal.

new fountain in the potager garden with raised beds filled with vegetables, herbs and flowers

I know I’ve said this before, but if you don’t have a water feature in any garden on your property…you need one.

We have a few now and it really does make a difference in creating that backyard oasis with the sounds of running water.

But I digress.

What do you think? Do you love it as much as we do?

And yes, the little terra cotta pots are back. They are placed on the green garden stakes so I can see them when I work. I started shopping around for toppers so they aren’t as visually intrusive.

But I don’t really mind the pots. Plus, I try to collect earwigs in them so they stop putting holes in the foliage of my plants!

new fountain in the potager garden with raised garden beds filled with dahlias, zinnias and strawflowers

Several of the flowers in the potager garden started blooming this week. While it’s just getting started, I can already tell it’s going to be quite a display.

I already plucked off a few Japanese beetles into a bucket of soapy water.

But other than that, we are moving along!

Remember when I planted more sunflower seeds around the gardens? Well, they all started and then something mowed them all down before I had a chance to spray them.

Luckily, there are a few random sunflowers that sprouted around the yard from last year. While I won’t have the display like last season, at least I still have a few to enjoy.

And one is already blooming!

Isn’t that crazy? It’s only June!

new koi fish for the pond in new jersey garden

Oh, and remember when I mentioned we added some new fish to the front pond?

Well, here are a few of them. These are super young koi fish that were a pretty good deal at the koi pond shop last week.

You can buy different sizes of koi for a range of prices. Since we’ve only done shubunkins in the front pond, we aren’t sure how they’ll do so we opted to go with the smallest size and hope for the best.

They are tough to find because the pond is so big but every now and then we see them swimming around. So they seem to be doing OK so far!

We named them after my husband’s siblings. Eventually, I’d love for all the fish to have the names of family members. So fun right?

Except Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill would like one named after her so I’m reserving one just for her! xo

Since getting these guys last week, we decided to get a few more yesterday! So now we’ve got 36 fish in the front pond and they are so much fun to feed and watch!

Since we spend quite a bit of time in the potager and pond gardens this week, we also enjoyed some time by the fire.

And let me just say, how much I love this spot!

This is the garden view from the bridge. We hang out up here to feed the fish. It’s so fun!

fire pit and adirondack chairs on the patio in the front pond garden

In Our Home

Behind the scenes, we hosted Tori’s High School Graduation party this weekend and had such a great time.

It was so nice to see friends and family come to celebrate her accomplishment before she heads off to college this fall.

Was hoping we’d be outside but of course, it rained just as the party was getting started so we held it inside.

We also celebrated my father-in-law’s birthday who just turned 89!

Tori's High school graduation and celebration of 89 years of life In the home of garden blogger stacy ling

And as an update on my shoulder…it is not good. A few weeks ago I mentioned that I was diagnosed with adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder).

Let me tell you, it is no joke! The pain is pretty bad and my motion is even more limited than it was a few weeks ago.

I started acupuncture to hopefully help with it and got another steroid injection to help break up some of the adhesion.

Hopefully, next month I’ll be able to start serious physical therapy to get some motion back. Right now, my shoulder is too inflamed and painful to do much with it. So…I have to wait.

hostas and impatiens in the front pond garden

What I’m Shopping For This Week

I was a little all over the place this week with items for the garden, myself and the house. Here’s what I shopped for this week!

  • I shopped around for some green garden stake toppers. So far, I’m gravitating to these. They are a little basic but might be a good fit if I want them to just disappear.
  • I just bought a few of these charger plates for some tablescape ideas I have.
  • These vintage bud vases.
close up of purple iris with yellow loosestrife and evening primrose

Workout Gear

I’m not sure I told you, but I started running again. I used to run long distances but slowly stopped when my uterine fibroids started affecting my stamina.

Now that I’m passed all that, I’m able to run distance again. I’m running about 3-4 miles 5x a week now. So this girl is rewarding herself with new running shoes and some gear.

If you are looking to get some new walking/running and workout gear, you will love some of the things I bought.

And I’m also a believer that new workout gear inspires us to keep going.

  • This is the brand of running shoes I usually wear. They are great for running or walking because they offer a lot of support which is better if you have aches and pains when you exercise. As a side note, it’s good to upgrade your kicks every 3-500 miles you cover because the support wears down. I tend to upgrade mine as soon as I notice my knees start bothering me when walking or running.
  • I just reordered them, but I have say, I was thinking about switching over to this brand that everyone raves about. What holds me back is I don’t have problems with my current brand – so I think I’m sticking with what I know.
  • Because I’m not a fan of carrying stuff when I walk or run, I picked up a new running belt for my iPhone. I used to have one when I ran long distances but can’t find it. This one will fit larger phones so perfect for me!
  • These are the best-running tanks. I stock up in as many colors as I can because I wear them all summer long.
  • But I’m also a fan of these too. This is my favorite brand for activewear because they often have so many deals and the clothes are very comfortable. Sometimes activewear has tags or seams that itch. Not these!
  • And while we are on the subject of comfy tees, these are my favorite v-neck shirts. I wear them a lot when I garden.
  • I’m also a huge fan of these high-rise running shorts. Because they don’t fall down and provide great coverage. I wear them all the time when I run or am working in the gardens. But sometimes, I’ll even wear them just kicking around the house. And they fit true to size.
  • And finally, I stocked up on some running socks. I opt for this length now because the lower ankle ones ALWAYS slip down while I’m running. If you have a brand you love that doesn’t slip, let me know in the comments below!
adirondack chairs and firepit in the front pond garden with a spirea in bloom

What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a fun but really busy week on the blog!

While supper club is one of my favorite times of the month, it seems to be the busiest week on the blog!

This month, the girls and I celebrated the summer season with a cocktail party.

hawaiian party theme idea for a tropical cocktail party in summer

I shared a tasty appetizer that we enjoy all summer long here. While I bring it to parties as an appetizer, we often use it in this recipe.

Wait until you see the tropical-inspired menu ideas from this month’s gathering. You are going to love them!

In addition to hosting supper club this month, I shared some recent finds at the outdoor flea market in Vermont. Wait until you see what I bought!

But I also regret NOT buying one of the items I found and I’m still kicking myself for not just getting it.

flea market table of stuff in vermont

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.

Love these thrift store decorating ideas.

These DIY tropical napkin rings.

This vintage shopping trip on the Puget Sound.

These tropical appetizers sound delicious!

These fun ideas for a fun summer cocktail party.

This easy summer frittata recipe.

This strawberry and cream dessert recipe.

And I love this recipe for watermelon and feta salad too!

front porch gardens in june with truffala pink gomphrene, sweet alyssum, hostas and other perennials

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dahlia kogane fubuki in the potager garden

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Garden Supplies I Use

Since I’ve been gardening for well over twenty-five years, I’m often asked about the garden supplies and tools that I use most. Here are some of my favorites that I use in no particular order.

Vibrant Yellow flowers of rudbeckia (black eyed susans)

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A white stone Buddha statue sits in a meditative pose among lush green plants and colorful flowers in an outdoor garden. The background features a stone wall and green lattice fence, with the statue surrounded by several terracotta pots with blooming flowers.

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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. Stacy,
    Summer is here and your gardens are amazing. Have a great Sunday! Thanks for sharing my napkin rings.

  2. Hi Stacy! My name is Paulette from Quebec Canada. I too had a frozen shoulder and those tumours in my uterus. So I know what you are going threw, but it will pass and you’ll be good as new. But I have a question for you. Why do you put those little clay pots on those sticks in your garden? Hope to hear from you soon. 🌺🌺🌺

    1. I’m so happy to hear that it will pass Paulette! I can deal with the lack of motion but the pain is terrible! The little clay pots do a few things – 1) keep me from poking my eye when I’m weeding or cutting flowers, 2) catch earwigs so they stop chewing holes in the foliage, 3) the aesthetic…but I am going to get a few toppers to use less of them. I had more in my old garden and loved that look but want use a little less in this garden as it fills in.

  3. Wow! What a week! I’m loving the new fountain too. It looks so pretty. I’m sorry your shoulder is acting up so much! That’s got to be so frustrating in the midst of gardening season. Thank you for sharing the link to our appetizers! Have a great week!

  4. Oh, I love those pot markers! How cute. And a fish named for Jennifer? would that be Bunker or Jennifer? Love that! I am always amazed at how our iris and peonies are blooming the first week in May and end before the middle of May and many are sharing them now in June. Meanwhile my zinnias are nearing 6′! Thank you for sharing my frittata recipe this week. I hope you all love them. Have a great week!

  5. Love your gardens Stacy, everything is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing my strawberries and cream recipe. Have a great week!

  6. What a great week you’ve had. I’m loving the upside-down terra cotta pots. I’m trying to figure out how I missed the vintage shopping in Vermont! haha so many great finds!