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Bricks ‘n Blooms Weekly 155

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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms

What a week it was!

Chris and I went to the NY Giants game last Sunday. It was a gorgeous day, the Giants won, and we met up with some friends for a tailgate party before heading in for the game.

We spent the week preparing the property for winter. We put away all of the drip irrigation kits, turned off and blew out the irrigation lines in the ground, and started putting things away.

The property right now is beyond spectacular with all of the beautiful fall colors. I’m going to share a few photos in this post but wow! With each passing day, the landscape gets richer and richer in beautiful gold, orange, and crimson hues.

blogger stacy ling and christopher d ling aia at NY Giants game

We still haven’t had a frost yet so all of the flowers are still blooming too. Of course, some summer-blooming annuals have seen better days, but overall the gardens still look gorgeous.

I just pulled all of the supertunias in the front yard cottage garden and started cutting back a few perennials that have seen better days.

Oh, and I got a lot of plantings done! My mother and father-in-law gave me a ton of bearded irises. So I spent a day just planting those in the formal garden.

late october in the front porch cottage garden decorated with cornstalks, fall flowers like sedum autumn joy and gomphrena with some white porch rockers

Deer are pretty mercilous out there as I see at least a herd out there daily. Bearded irises are pretty deer resistant though, so we’ll see how they do. I may spray the foliage with this deer repellent as the plants emerge just to give them a little insurance.

I’m not sure what color the flowers are so we’ll all be completely surprised with their appearance next spring. Once I know what they look like I’ll probably need to tag them so i can move them around and group like flowers together.

This weekend, I spent some time getting my spring flowering bulbs planted. I couldn’t tell you how many, but it took me all day, so there was a lot! Last year, I focused on the porch gardens, but this year, it’s all about the front pond.

rustic fall table decor ideas in new jersey zone 6a potager garden with cruiser bicycle

What I’m Shopping For This Week

Since I’m wrapping up the gardening season and looking ahead to next year, I ordered a few things to get ready.

As I started preparing for Thanksgiving, I shopped around for some decor and must-haves to make Turkey Day a little bit easier for me.

Every year, I keep saying to myself, you need to get this and then I forget about it. Well, last year, I actually made a list of things I needed to get and I finally bought them!

  • These turkey lifters have been on my list for YEARS! I finally bought them.
  • And I finally snagged this separator too for the gravy.
  • My roasting pan had seen better days, so I bought this one. I delayed upgrading for as long as I could.
  • I would love to have this platter! Isn’t it gorgeous?
fall front porch decor on 1850 farmhouse with cottage garden

Garden Stuff I’m Shopping For

  • I needed more rooting hormone to propagate more plants.
  • These hedge sheers. Mine were getting a bit old and not working great anymore.
  • I bought a few more houseplants, so I am in need of more plant saucers like these.
  • I’m in love with these planters and they are on sale!
  • These basket planters look gorgeous with indoor plants too and add a lot of texture to a room.
  • I am thinking about getting this cute planter for my family room.

Online Dahlia Course

I also want to share my friend Jen’s new Dahlia course. If you want to learn how to lift and store your dahlia tubers, she shares some amazing insights as a dahlia flower farmer. If you are interested in the course, click here.

dahlia kogane fubuki in late fall
Dahlia ‘Kogane Fubuki’

What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a fun week on the blog!

We kicked the week off with my favorite Italian soup recipe. Have you ever made pasta e fagioli before? Some call it pasta fazool but in any case, you need to try this one. I make this at least a few times a month because it’s cozy, hearty, and SO GOOD.

Since I’ve been hosting Thanksgiving dinner for over 25 years, I shared some great tips that will help streamline your day. And if you aren’t hosting? I shared some things you can do to help out the hosts.

rustic fall table decor ideas in the potager garden with outdoor dining space, hydrangeas, dahlias, ornamental grass and fall foliage
Rustic Fall Table Decor Ideas

My supper club got together for a Thanksgiving-themed party with lots of beautiful fall table decor, centerpieces, and tips for creating a pie buffet.

This post is my favorite tablescape to date! I shared all the details about how to decorate for the day with lots of rustic charm.

Since we each made a pie for this one, I shared my husband’s favorite fall dessert. He is a huge fan of this one.

And if you need some pie inspiration for Thanksgiving this year, I got you. There are lots of classics and new takes on Thanksgiving pies you’ve got to try!

cafe au lait dahlia, hydrangea flowers and ornamental grass in a vase

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.

If you enjoy these posts, you can find past Bricks ‘n Blooms Weekly posts here.

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cottage garden in late fall with rudbeckia, gomphrena, pumpkins, sedum autumn joy and gorgeous foliage.

Want to Learn How to Grow Flowers With Ease?

If you’ve always wanted to grow flowers but struggled with where to start or how to create something beautiful, I got you. I wrote a book that shares all the things you need to know to grow a beautiful and easy-care flower garden.

  • Have you never met a plant you couldn’t kill?
  • Have you dug around in the dirt with nothing to show for it except a sunburn and a sore back?
  • Do you currently enjoy growing flowers, but are looking for more tips and ideas to level up your gardening game?

Then the Bricks ‘n Blooms Guide to a Beautiful and Easy Care Garden Book is for YOU!

the bricks 'n blooms guide to a beautiful and easy-care flower garden

What’s in the Bricks ‘n Blooms Guide?

  • 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

My book publishes on February 6, 2024, but you can preorder now and get a special pre-order bonus chapter you can’t get when the preorder period closes.

Preorder your copy here and get a free, downloadable guide that shares bonus information with tips and unique garden designs to get year-round color in your landscape. Offer ends 2/5/24.

rudbeckia flowers and pumpkins on front porch

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.

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