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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms

What a week it was!

It was a HOT week here in New Jersey. We also had a number of storms roll through that brought down some heavy branches and knocked down some of my taller, heavier flowers.

All is well though overall so I’m not complaining.

I did a bunch of weeding and deadheading flowers this week. So I had to work early before the temperatures rose.

As an aside, I’m not the most motivated gardener early in the mornings, so pushing myself to get out there was not easy!

Oh, and the vegetable harvesting has been amazing so far. I’ve got a ton of jalapenos, cucumbers, and squash.

And the tomatoes just started ripening too.

blogger stacy ling harvesting jalapenos from the vegetable garden in the potager
Harvesting jalapeno peppers
basket of tomatoes and jalapenos

This is also the time of year when the problems start setting in. Are you seeing some pest and disease problems too?

The Japanese beetles are really going to town on my dahlias now. It’s disappointing to see them destroy some of the blooms.

I knock them off into a bucket of soapy water when I’m out there in the mornings as much as I can. Hopefully, they’ll leave sooner than later.

dahlia fleurel flowers with a little bit of japanese beetle damage in the cut flower garden
Dahlia Fleurel

Last summer, the lawn by the front porch and the stone wall started browning out. We had an extremely hot and dry summer, plus I discovered some grubs in the lawn.

I treated the areas with milky spore and reseeded with tall fescue. This year, only the porch lawn is browning out. So progress, am I right?

It may need a summer application of fertilizer which I generally don’t do, but in this case. I think it needs it to help prevent summer drought conditions.

So next year, I’ll add a late June application to these areas only to help keep the lawn going in summer and see how they do.

blogger stacy ling making cutting fresh flowers to make a bouquet in her garden

In the meantime, I’ll be reseeding these areas and adding another application of milky spore again.

On a personal note, we spent some time with my great aunt, uncle, mom, and stepdad last weekend by the pool. It was fun to get together and catch up!

This weekend, we took a quick trip to Vermont to do some hiking, boating, and thrifting at the outdoor flea market.

I can’t wait to show you guys what I found!

pink and purple dahlias in the potager garden
Dahlias for days

What I’m Shopping For This Week

With all the rain, I needed to get a few more last-minute plant supports for some flowers that are now flopping over.


To combat the Japanese beetle problem, I stocked up on some milky spore and a new applicator for it. It’s not time to apply it just yet, but I am preparing so I’m ready to go next month.

I also snagged some cute summer outfits!

stacy ling cutting dahlias strawflowers, dahlias and zinnias in the potager garden

What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a fun week on the blog!

We celebrated Christmas in July with a fun post detailing 20 of the best Christmas flowers and plants to grow this year.

If you want to grow fresh flowers for Christmas, now is the time to shop for them for fall planting.

And if you want the look but don’t want to care for the real deal, I got you. Check out the beautiful faux options at the end of the post.

It’s peach season! So my supper club and I got together for a summer dinner party with a peach theme.

As an aside, I love how beautiful everyone’s tables looked for this one!

We shared some peachy table decor and centerpiece ideas together with some mouthwatering peach recipes you’ve got to try!

Since I was the host this month, I was in charge of the main course. And let me tell you it does not disappoint.

fresh cut flowers from the cutting garden with zinnias, dahlias, snapdragons in vases and mason jars with peaches, taper candles, votives and small gold lanterns with peach table decor in the potager garden
Bricks ‘n Blooms

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.

And I must be hungry as I’m scrolling the web because most of these are recipes today!

This peach tablescape is GORGEOUS.

This recipe for peach bruschetta sounds divine!

I’m always up for a good summer sangria recipe too.

This guide for planning Christmas in July.

This cobb salad recipe looks and sounds amazing!

I can’t wait to try this pineapple zucchini recipe.

These tips for styling a boxwood wreath.

This pineapple smoothie recipe.

And this easy dump cake recipe.

fresh cut flowers from the cutting garden with zinnias, dahlias, snapdragons in vases and mason jars with peaches, taper candles, votives and small gold lanterns with peach table decor for the place settings in potager garden

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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.

hellebores and daffodils

Bricks ‘n Blooms Weekly 180

Hi there! I hope you had a great week! Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms What a week it was! I’ve been keeping a secret and it is MAJOR news that I’m sharing today. I’m not even going to drop it down at the end of sharing my gardens with you…
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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. We have had the Japanese beetle issue here, too! I have not heard of milky spore. You are always a wealth of great gardening info! Thanks so much for sharing my boxwood wreath! Happy Sunday! 💛🌸

  2. Happy Sunday, Stacy! Thanks so much for sharing my peach dump cake.

    It was such a fun month for supper club and so can’t wait to try all the delicious looking recipes!

  3. Love all of your inspiration…that gorgeous table and the chicken recipe! Oh, my! I have raccoons now eating my heritage, Big Boy and Roma tomatoes…fence goes up today…Wish me luck! Thank you for sharing my pineapple zucchini. Hope you love it!

  4. Stacy, I am not familiar with milky spore, however, my lawn is looking so tired from all this heat…as are my roses. Love all your Sunday ideas and tips! Have a great week.

    1. Thank you so much! Milk spore can be applied to help with grubs in the lawn that turn into japanese beetles.

  5. Oh, my goodness! That’s a gorgeous table scape! So beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing my pineapple zucchini. Hope you love it!