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Bricks ‘n Blooms Weekly 146

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I hope you had a great week!

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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms

What a week it was!

We are dropping Tori off at college today so she can start her first year. I can’t believe the day has come!

I’m holding back the tears as I’m typing this, but I’ll get through it. It’s hard you know? It seems like just yesterday she was my little buddy while Chris had the other two off and running at all of their activities.

I love her so much and will miss her terribly while she’s at school. While I miss them all, the last one leaving is a big one.

garden blogger stacy ling, her husband christopher d. ling AIA and their daughter at her graduation

MY MAJOR BIG NEWS

Ok, so you know how I’ve mentioned here and there that I’ve got some big news to share and then it was like crickets.

Well, I am super excited to finally share it with you all today.

I WROTE MY FIRST BOOK!!!!!!

And I know you guys are going to love it because it is chock-full of information that you need to grow a beautiful and easy-care flower garden.

I spent all of October, November, December, and January writing this book while trying to keep my blog going at the same time and still doing all the things to manage the house. It was a bit challenging at times, but I did it and I’m really proud of the finished product.

And I worked with the most amazing publishing team whom which I could not have done this without. They are an incredible group of talented people that I am forever grateful to have had the privilege to work with.

Stacy Ling's Book The Bricks 'n Blooms Guide to a Beautiful and Easy-Care Flower Garden

If you are someone who is new to gardening, think you kill things, or just plain don’t think you have time to grow a gorgeous garden…I got you. Because this book was written specifically for you.

For so many years, I listened to my friends, neighbors, and acquaintances tell me they couldn’t grow things for whatever reason. And I wrote this book with each of you in mind.

You know who you are. xoxo

Learn the basics of gardening, easy care flowers to grow, and get plant combinations and flower garden designs that I created just for you all in one place. This book!

You can learn more about my book here and you can pre-order it here. I hope you learn a lot, are inspired to grow flowers, and enjoy this book as much as I did writing it.

stacy ling with her first book in the cut flower garden

What I’m Shopping For This Week

Since I am finally sharing news about my first book, I want to share a few creators who worked really hard on their books too that I LOVE and highly recommend!

  • My good friend Allison from Finch and Folly’s book is publishing soon! Grab your copy now!
  • My beautiful friend Karianne from Thistlewood Farms wrote another book about 10-minute decorating ideas. If you aren’t familiar with her, she shares the best tips and tricks for everything in your home.
  • My great friend Lana from Lana Stenner is publishing her second book! And this one’s a delicious cookbook where each recipe looks better than the one before. Is that even possible? Get her book here. And if you didn’t read her first one about life on the farm with her sweet goats and family, you can grab it here.
  • My good friend Leslie from My 100-Year-Old Home published her first book last year and let me tell you, it is fabulous!
  • My beautiful friend Micha from Farmluxe published her first book last year too. She’s a fellow gardener with THE MOST GORGEOUS GARDENS. And her book is full of fabulous photos. You will not be disappointed. If you want flower inspiration, you want this book in your library.
kogane fubuki dahlias
Kogane Fubuki Dahlia
caryopteris and hardy hibiscus border in gardening zone 6a new jersey garden at sunset

What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a fun week and a very busy week on the blog!

We celebrated the swan song of summer with a beautiful Southern style potluck dinner party in the potager garden for this month’s supper club.

I may have gone a little crazy cutting flowers for this centerpiece but hey, I have them and I was cutting them anyway.

Get the details on my rustic elegant table decor ideas here.

southern style table decor ideas with fresh cut flower centerpiece and rustic elegant table decor ideas

And for this month’s supper club, I shared a tasty side dish with a secret ingredient that is so good! It’s easy to make and is a total crowd pleaser too.

Get the recipe for my easy potato salad with a Southern style twist here.

Can you guess what the secret ingredient is?

easy potato salad recipe

And finally, I shared some easy potluck dinner recipe ideas that are a must-try. Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue, a family reunion, or just a casual get-together, these Southern-inspired dishes are sure to impress.

From refreshing beverages to delightful desserts, we’ve got you covered with a variety of recipes that are easy to make and even easier to enjoy.

Wait until you see these dishes! Wow, do they look good this month!

southern style table decor ideas with fresh cut flowers centerpiece and rustic elegant table decor with tartain plaids.

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.

dahlias and the fountain in the potager garden with hydrangea paniculata

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close up of caramel creme coreopsis

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potager garden in fall with table decorated for an adult halloween party.

Bricks ‘n Blooms Weekly 150

Hi there and Happy Fall! I hope you had a great week! Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms What a week it was! New Jersey had amazing weather all week long. The temperatures were more mild so I was able to start decorating the porches and gardens for fall. I added…
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asters in the cottage garden with rudbeckia and ruby snow hydrangeas

Bricks ‘n Blooms Weekly 149

Hi there! I hope you had a great week! Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms What a week it was! After a fun weekend in Columbus, Ohio visiting our daughter Shana, we got right back into the swing of things here. The weather is still pretty hot but much cooler than…
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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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22 Comments

  1. Stacy
    I’m so excited for you and your book release. It looks amazing. Thanks for sharing my napkins.

  2. So exciting, Stacy! Congratulations! I’m definitely ordering the book – I need all the help I can get with my black thumb! Good luck with the college move in. I’m moving my son in today too. He’s a sophomore and my younger son will be starting his senior year of high school after Labor Day. I’ll be an empty nester next year. It goes way to fast!
    Shelley

    1. Your green thumb starts now Shelley! I really appreciate that. I can’t believe they are going to school already – it really flies!

  3. Congratulations on publishing your book! I can’t wait to read it! I am going to go order it right now!

  4. Oh my goodness! I’m so excited for you! Congratulations on your new book. It’s beautiful! I would be thrilled to help promote it. Hugs and blessings to you, my friend.

    1. Renae I would be so honored if you helped me promote it! I will add you to my list. You are an amazing friend! xoxo

  5. Oh my gosh, Stacy. How exciting! Congrats on your book. I’m one of “those people” who don’t think I have the knowledge or skill to grow a garden like yours, but would love to learn how. I can’t wait to get a copy of your book!

    1. I wrote the book for you! So many friends through the years have told me that and I geared my book specifically for you guys! Thank you so much for your support! xoxo

  6. I just pre ordered your book. How exciting. I print all of your tips and I can’t wait to have it in one place. Living in NJ is a huge plus for your information. Congratulations!!!

  7. I’m so happy for you, Stacy!! What a wonderful accomplishment! Looking forward to getting my copy! 🌸📚💖

  8. Congratulations Stacy on your new book, that is so exciting! I can’t wait to get a copy and real about all of your gardening tips.

  9. I can’t tell you how excited I am for your book to come out Stacy! What an accomplishment. I can’t wait to read it.