I hope you had a great week!
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What a week it was!
We had the most beautiful weather for most of the week, so I was able to get out in the gardens and catch up on a few things.
I pulled some zinnias that have seen better days and needed to support some flowers that were beaten down by the last few storms we had just before I left for my trip last week.
The gardens are looking so gorgeous right now!
We’ve had some beautiful sunsets and I’ve been outside almost daily cutting flowers. So overall, I’d say this was a winning week!
Next week, my goal is to plant my spring flowering bulbs that just arrived, bearded irises and garlic.
I’ve never grown garlic before, have you? I can’t wait to harvest it next July!
On the home front, my daughter Shana was home last weekend so it was nice spending time with her for a few days for fall break.
Tori came home with some friends from college which was fun too.
And I’m starting to plan a book launch party for early 2024. Originally, I was hoping to do it here in my gardens this fall but decided to do it closer to when the book is published.
What I’m Shopping For This Week
Since returning home from Waco, I’m all in on fall. From everything pumpkin spice to cozy clothing, shoes, electronics, some thrifting supplies and even organizing items for my home too.
Here’s what I’m shopping for this week!
- This oversized shirt.
- This hat.
- This tote bag has my heart!
- And this one is perfect for fall. I love it.
- These booties.
- This wedge bootie.
- I’m trying this eye serum. I’ll let you know what I think later but it has great reviews.
- I needed more Bright and Tight which is my go-to. I use this every day.
- These Christmas pajamas for the girls and I.
- And this coat looks so cozy right? It’s a great fall staple.
And here are some of the deals I was shopping for during Amazon Prime Big Deals Days.
- This fall sweater is so my vibe.
- This mascara is a little pricey but lasts long and stays put. Drives me nuts when it smudges down my eyes after a full day’s wear. This one does not do that.
- These black velvet hangers. We needed more. But I love them because it makes my closet look uniform and the clothes don’t slip off the hangers.
- This folding wagon is for all of my outdoor flea market adventures.
- This travel bag.
- And this tv for our bedroom in Vermont.
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- Gardening basics to set you up for success
- Great garden design ideas with ready-made plans for you to follow
- Easy-care instructions for a wide variety of flowering annuals, perennials, and shrubs
- Helpful how-tos for container and cut flower gardening
- Graphs, charts, and lists to help you stay organized
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What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms
It was a fun week on the blog!
We kicked off the week chatting about one of my favorite easy-care perennial plants that add lots of color and texture to your garden all season long.
Have you grown coral bells before?
Learn how to grow heucheras with these simple tips.
We also chatted about growing nepeta. It’s one of my all-time favorite perennials to grow and looks so pretty in the garden while attracting pollinators.
It’s easy to grow and if you aren’t already growing it, I highly recommend adding it to your flower garden.
Learn how to grow nepeta plant with these simple tips.
I also shared Chris’ favorite dessert recipe that is perfect for fall or a Thanksgiving feast.
Wait until you try this mouthwatering recipe for pumpkin pie!
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 DIY pumpkin pillow is the cutest!!!
- This garden witch decor is perfect for the front porch!
- The Halloween food ideas.
- These wreath ideas for autumn.
- These simple and easy fall decorating ideas.
- This adorable Halloween tablescape.
- This spooky Halloween wreath.
- And this slow cooker apple butter.
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Garden Supplies I Use
I’m often asked about the garden supplies and tools that I use most. From pruners to deer repellents, here are some of my favorites in no particular order.
- 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.
- 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 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.
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