I hope you had a great week!
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What a week it was!
Chris and I arrived back in New Jersey on Monday after an amazing quick last-minute getaway in the Bahamas.
We stayed at the Baha Mar Grand Hyatt resort in Nassau which was beyond incredible. It has like 45 restaurants, bars, food trucks, and poolside eateries. The beach was beautiful and there were several different pools to enjoy.
There were a few koi ponds that had these ginormous koi fish. We found a few that looked like the ones we have here (only much smaller). So that was pretty cool to see!
Would we go back? Absolutely. We had a great time.
Here are a few pics from our trip!
While we were gone, my gardens were pummeled with copious amounts of rain. So I had my work cut out for me when I got back.
I’ve been cutting plants back, supporting others with my half-moon supports, and weeding. Lots of weeding!
We celebrated Tori’s 18th birthday this weekend too. And overall it’s been a great week!
Last night, Chris and I went to a fun event, Lobsterfest with our good friends.
The food was amazing and they had a band called The Cowboy and the HIppie that were playing some good tunes.
There was an incredible amount of seafood too that included lobster (of course), shrimp mac and cheese, clams, and a few other delights.
We had a great time and it was a great way to finish up the week.
What I’m Shopping For This Week
I read some of the best beach reads while I was gone! And I’ve got a few more that I am ordering to read poolside.
Here’s my beach read list!
Have you read any of these yet?
- This New York Times Best Seller that’s on Oprah’s Book Club list.
- This novel by Erin Hilderbrand.
- This New York Times Best Seller is being made into a major motion picture.
- I think this book from the NY Times Best Seller list by the creator of Downtown Abbey. Love that show have you seen it before?
- I also loved this book from the New York Times Best Seller list that’s in Reese’s Book Club list.
- And this one looks like a great read too!
But I also started shopping for faux winter greenery believe it or not because some of my favorite items will sell out so fast I’ll totally miss it.
And I love to add to my collection every year so I get on this train pretty early!
Some of these already have waitlists! So if you want really good winter greens to decorate your house this year for the holidays, DO NOT WAIT TO BUY.
Here’s what I’ve been shopping for!
- This juniper and berry garland.
- This spruce and pine cone garland.
- Love this faux cedar greenery garland.
- This long pine needle garland.
- This faux cedar pine garland.
- And this real touch table garland is fabulous!
- I have to get this mixed garland – WOW!!! There’s already a waitlist!
- I have a few of these and always pick up more every year to add to my collection.
- This Norfolk pine garland is gorgeous!
- But you can’t beat the fullness of this garland.
- If you want a pretty boxwood garland, check out this one.
- These mantle swags are really pretty too.
- I need this vintage-looking jingle bell garland!
- This magnolia leaf garland.
- These preserved orange slices make beautiful Christmas decor.
What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms
It was a fun week on the blog!
We kicked off the week with my latest flea market find for the garden. When I first saw it, I wasn’t sure where it was going but knew I had to have it!
Wait until you see how I styled it!
Have you ever noticed your fresh-cut hydrangea flowers wilting in a vase?
There are a few ways to keep that from happening and a simple tip to fix them when they do droop.
Learn how to keep them looking fresh and beautiful with these simple tips.
Savor the flavors of the season with this delicious main course!
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.
Wait until you see these 30 upcycled thrift store DIY ideas?
These charming vintage and antique decorating ideas.
These recent vintage finds.
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- 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. If you want to minimize the work and not use repellents, choose plants that are deer-resistant from this list.
- 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 go-to bait for slug and snail problems with my hostas and dahlias.
- 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.
- I use this collapsible bin ALL THE TIME. It is invaluable when working in the beds as it’s light to carry around and folds flat for easy storage.
- Drip irrigation set on a timer is your friend! I love these for my planters, window boxes, and hanging baskets.
- And this four way hose bib allows you to split one spicket into four!
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I’m a master gardener who’s been gardening and growing things for over 25 years and author of the best-selling book, The Bricks ‘n Blooms Guide to a Beautiful and Easy-Care Flower Garden. With a deep passion for gardening, I enjoy helping others find their inner green thumb with all things plants and flowers, as well as finding ways to bring the outdoors inside their homes.
Get the inside scoop about my background as a master gardener, education, and experience, as well as why I started blogging here.
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