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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms
What a week it was!
This year, I wanted a clean slate heading into the holidays so the view in the gardens looks drastically different now.
It will make it a lot easier to complete leaf cleanup with the beds cleaned out. Plus cleaning everything up to prepare for winter makes it a little easier for me to see where I can plant my spring flowering bulbs which I just finished getting in the ground this weekend too.
On another front, all of my houseplants are nestled in and getting comfy in their new digs indoors. I moved a few around from where they were last year, but overall, they seem to be doing well.
I ordered a few more to add to my collection from Proven Winners Direct that include: alocasia, calathea, and tradescantia. They were in excellent condition when they arrived and are settling in the sunroom nicely.
I potted up my amaryllis and planted some paperwhites this week. Have you bought some bulbs yet? If not, you should, they are super easy to grow indoors. And the best part? They flower!
A few weeks ago I spent some time cleaning up my spider plants. And you would not believe the amount of babies I cut off of them! I gave quite a bit away but still have so many babies left!
And I got three different types of garlic in the ground: German Hardneck, Music, and Russian Red. This is my first time growing garlic ever and I’m excited to see how they do! Did you plant any this year?
What I’m Shopping For This Week
I am shopping around for fabrics to recover my dining room chairs! Although I stopped in a few shops, I wound up ordering a few swatches from Ballard Designs. They have really pretty patterns!
And while I was there, I snagged a few extra swatches for potential curtains for the formal living room. I didn’t think I wanted to do that, but now I’m feeling a bit inspired! This may nudge me to paint that entire room and update it like we’ve done the rest of the main floor.
I also bought this GORGEOUS canvas from Lindsey Letters. An Instagram post by Liz Marie Galvan inspired me for this one. I’ve been looking for a print or piece of art for this one spot in my front entry hall.
I have a thrift store painting there right now. I bought the frame for like $30 or something like that. It’s a gorgeous wood, but we don’t love the painting. Anyway, Liz was adding this one to her mantel and it is perfect!
But the best part, I was able to get the exact canvas size for the frame. Like, it was totally meant to be! So hats off to her cause I snagged this pretty canvas that will look amazing in the foyer.
I shopped around on this site and there are lots of really pretty art that would look great here. So I’m planning to head back over after the holidays and start working on a few more spaces from this shop. If you are looking for wall decor, you should definitely check it out too!\
Here are a few more things I shopped for this week!
- I’m thinking about this standing mirror in the living room.
- I ordered these pretty plaid blankets for the sunroom.
- This tree skirt is a maybe for the family room.
- I love the real touch norfolk pine garlands, but this cedar branch looks great on mantels and tables so I ordered a few more!
- This Christmas tree skirt for the family room.
- This antique brass tree collar for the family room.
- These vintage gold bells.
- These dish towels.
- And this tablecloth. Are you sensing a Christmas theme?
What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms
It was a super busy but fun week on the blog!
This week, I celebrated the 7 Days of Christmas with a few friends and we shared a bunch of inspiration for each themed day. In case you missed it, here is the rundown of posts:
- Easy Christmas Craft Ideas: Budget-Friendly and Unique Decor
- Best Christmas Tree Decorations for Every Style and Budget
- Christmas Greenery: Easy Ways to Make Your Home Look More Festive
- Christmas Porch Decorations That Will Make Your Home Stand Out
- Insta-Worthy Christmas House Decorations You Should Try
- Easy Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas for Busy People
- From Modern to Traditional: A Collection of Christmas Tablescapes To Inspire Your Holiday Celebrations
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.
- These DIY hobnail milk glass ornaments
- These rustic Christmas ornaments
- I might have to make these DIY felt ornaments
- These tips for tying a Christmas bow
- This traditional stuffing recipe
- These tips for preparing pinecones for crafts
- And this baked corn pudding recipe sounds fabulous for Thanksgiving
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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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