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I hope you had a great week! And happy 4th of July weekend!

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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!

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

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!

first flowers in the potager garden with borage zinnias dahlias larkspur strawflowers and snapdragons in raised garden beds with a fountain in front of an 1850 farmhouse

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!

ladies night with master gardener and blogger stacy ling

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!

Gorgeous tricolor pink dahlia in the potager garden

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!

borage, zinnias and dahlias with clay pots in potager garden
Borage, dahlias and zinnias in potager garden

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!

first flowers in the potager garden with larkspur, dahlias and snapdragons with fountain

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 second-hand DIY cottage garden ideas.

This shabby chic DIY kitchen cabinet is amazing!

These accent wall ideas.

These tips for caring for your home floors.

And these tips for mode podging sea shells.

potager garden with outdoor dining space at sunset

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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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Enjoy a beautiful day! xo

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  1. Stacy
    I’m glad you had rain and thankfully the tornado didn’t damage your property! I hope the rest of your 4 th of July is amazing. Thanks for sharing our Shabby Chic Kitchen Cabinet.

  2. Crazy weather week for you. I hope the weather is beautiful for the fourth. I can’t wait for your big announcement. So fun!