I hope you had a great week! And happy 4th of July weekend!
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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms
What a week it was!
We had SO MUCH RAIN here this week! New Jersey needed it but we were flooded.
And apparently, my town had a tornado touched down too! It’d didn’t ravage the town but it did cause some tree damage in the area and knocked out our power for a few days.
When it was blowing through I was working on the blog in the sunroom and had no idea we were getting one. I don’t think anyone did.
We were warned about massive thunderstorms in the area, but I don’t recall seeing anything about a tornado warning.
On another note, after all this rain, the gardens are really starting to bloom! Especially the potager garden.
OH WOW is it looking gorgeous!
Some of my snapdragons took a beating in the zen garden, so I needed to get out and cut them. But overall the plants did well after all that rain.
I just pulled all of the pansies out of the front porch cottage gardens. In their place, I planted a few supertunias, lantana, and euphorbia that I bought from Proven Winners Direct.
Speaking of Proven Winners, I am going out to visit them in Michigan next week! I’m meeting up with a few other garden bloggers and content creators while there touring their gardens.
If you want to see it all in action, I’ll be sharing a lot from my Instagram. So follow along if you aren’t already so you can experience it with me!
A lot of you have been asking about my shoulder…it’s been doing much better after the cortisone shot. I still have very limited mobility but at least I’m not in pain every second of every day!
So…making progress for sure!
I met up with a bunch of my friends this week for a really fun evening. It was so great to reconnect with them and I enjoyed seeing all of them!
We took a small trip to Vermont for the weekend and had a great time. The weather was beautiful, the girls had some friends up, and we did lots of fun things.
Of course, we went to the outdoor flea market as we usually do. Holiday weekends are usually the best times to go because they have the most vendors then.
But we also went boating, did some hiking, and dined out at some of our favorite restaurants.
And finally, I’ve got a HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT coming up after the holiday weekend. I can’t even wait to share the news with you.
So make sure you are on my email list so you don’t miss out!
What I’m Shopping For This Week
This week was a gardening and make-up restock as I’m running low on a few things and like to have them in supply.
I shopped around for some fun summer dresses for my trip and snagged a few other odds and ends too.
Here’s what I bought this week!
- I needed more insecticidal soap to help combat some pest problems that are cropping up.
- I bought a label maker so we can label some trees and other plants around the property. It can be used around the house too but I need to label plants.
- Love the pattern on this dress for my trip!
- This cute summer dress.
- This dress looks super comfortable for a hot day where you can take the look from day to night.
- And I love the color of this dress!
- I also snagged these fun wedge sandals. They are not too high either so they are pretty comfortable to wear.
- And these casual strappy sandals are SUPER COMFORTABLE to wear. It’s like walking on air.
- I ordered one more set of adirondack chairs for the front pond garden so we have 8 total now.
- This lip gloss is my fave. I wear it all the time!
- This eyeliner pencil is the bomb.
- I was running low on my skincare for fine lines and wrinkles, so I restocked.
What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms
It was a fun week on the blog!
We chatted about native plants and how they benefit pollinator gardens. Plus, I shared some new plant additions that will attract pollinators in my side yard garden.
And, I also shared organic alternatives for a pest-free flower garden. This one is a must-read that you should save to your Pinterest so you can easily reference it later.
Finally, I shared some easy patriotic decorating and celebration ideas. From decorating to entertaining ideas with some yummy patriotic-inspired recipes, this post has you covered!
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 accent wall ideas.
And these tips for mode podging sea shells.
If you enjoy these posts, you can find past Bricks ‘n Blooms Weekly posts here.
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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.
- I like to use a good-quality, potting soil, garden soil, compost, and perlite when planting. While I make my own compost, you can easily buy it ready-made for use.
- I have used this deer repellent with great success. But now, I’m all about this deer repellent that is systemic instead of topical. This means the plant takes it in as opposed to it just smelling bad.
- Hands down this is my favorite hand-weeding tool. You can use it to get underneath roots and loosen soil, and it cuts down on the weeding time because you work much faster.
- But I also love this long, stand-up weeding tool to really get around roses from afar.
- I use THIS ORGANIC FERTILIZER for roses because the blooms are more prolific and it’s organic.
- And I use this organic fertilizer for my vegetables and herbs in the potager garden.
- You’ll need a sharp set of pruners when working with plants and flowers. I buy a few so I can stash them around.
- I use these garden snips to deadhead and cut flowers from my gardens.
- Where pest and disease problems are concerned, if I need to, I generally use this insecticidal soap or neem oil to help control infestations depending on the issue. When using, only apply when pollinators are less active.
- This is my favorite set-and-forget slow-release fertilizer for houseplants, annuals, and container gardens.
- Whenever I stake my peonies or other plants, I generally use these grow-through garden supports because they work really well and keep the blooms upright.
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