I hope you had a great week!
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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.
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.
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!
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.
What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms
It was a fun week and a very busy week on the blog!
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.
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.
Can you guess what the secret ingredient is?
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!
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.
- This watermelon crush recipe looks so refreshing!
- This cornbread recipe looks so easy to make and so yummy too!
- These tips for getting your garden ready for fall.
- This easy no sew napkin tutorial.
- These small front porch fall decor ideas.
- These decorating ideas with hurricane glass.
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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.