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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms

What a week it was!

I Did the Coolest Thing!

My publisher, Harvest House, and Christian Audio Books made arrangements for me to go to New York City to narrate my book! Isn’t that so fun?

Because I’m more of a country mouse than a city mouse, Chris accompanied me in and helped me navigate my way to the studio. I joked that he was driving Miss Stacy this week. LOL!

I spent 6 hours in the studio recording the book. It was a little exhausting to talk for so long but I did it! And I felt like I was chatting with you guys!

Cause that’s how the book sounds. Like we are just having a chat about how to grow low-maintenance flowers, build confidence as a gardener, and to find success just growing things. From cottage gardens and pollinator gardening to cut flower and container gardening, this book will inspire you to grow beautiful blooms in 2024.

The book releases after the new year – so it’s just around the corner! Are you as excited about this as I am? Get your copy here .

And if you want to join my prelaunch team, I’d love to have you join! Fill out this form and I’ll be reaching out after the holidays via email.

Stacy Ling in the studio narrating her book, The Bricks 'n Blooms Guide to a Beautiful and Easy-Care Flower Garden, for the audio book

Holiday Preparation

It’s been a whirlwind of a week wrapping up (literally) all things Christmas and getting ready to host Christmas Eve today. We are hosting our annual Christmas Eve clambake so I’m getting the seafood ready and couldn’t be more excited to celebrate with family!

I’m taking a little risk and ordering the seafood from somewhere else that’s a little closer to home. We were still shopping at a market close to our old home but they are always so busy on Christmas Eve when we pick up the seafood. So this year, we are trying something new that’s a little closer to where we live now.

We also spent some time with my in-laws at a Christmas party on Friday night. It was so much fun! My girls came with us and we had the best time with my niece and nephew.

Stacy Ling with her family at a Christmas party
Stacy Ling with family and friends at a Christmas party

What I’m Shopping For This Week

I am preparing to get back into the gardens this January. We are having a mild late fall/early winter so far and I decided I’m going to prepare for the next growing season earlier this year.

After the holidays, I’m planning to winter sow seeds outdoors and get my indoor seed starting supplies ready. Not to mention, I will be moving some houseplants around again after I take Christmas down and need a few plant stands so I can get them up off the ground. Here’s what I’m shopping for this week!

cozy fireplace in the formal living of vintage farmhouse that is decorated for christmas with rustic elegance

Must-Have Seed Starting Supplies I Use

It’s almost seed-starting season! If you want to start seeds indoors this year, it’s time to stock up on the supplies now!

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What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a fun week on the blog! Here’s a quick rundown of the week on the blog!

We did a lot and covered a lot of ground as we wrap up the holiday season over the next week! It’s almost time to prepare for the next growing season and I couldn’t be more excited.

  • Grab a cozy mug of hot cocoa and join me for a candlelight Christmas home tour.
  • Skip the fuss! Winter sow seeds outdoors & get a head start on spring blooms & bountiful harvests, even if you’re a newbie gardener. ❄️ Read on for this easy-peasy guide!
  • Looking for better ways to store your Christmas decor? Level up your ornament storage! This TikTok hack is the secret to stress-free decorating next year.
  • Impress your guests with effortless, melt-in-your-mouth Christmas treats and easy holiday desserts! Ditch the complicated recipes & whip up these 10 show-stopping treats in no time.
  • Forget dry pork! This cranberry crockpot pork loin recipe delivers fall-off-the-bone perfection with tangy cranberry sauce & minimal effort. Try it tonight!
  • Transform your home into a serene sanctuary with these easy-to-follow indoor gardening ideas for beginners. Discover the top 10 indoor plants that thrive in any space.
close up of accent chairs in sunroom with houseplants, plaid blanket, poof ottoman and throw pillows

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.

Christmas tree in the greenhouse
Snow in Vermont with my sorel snow boots

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dahlia kogane fubuki in the potager garden

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Garden Supplies I Use

Since I’ve been gardening for well over twenty-five years, 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 that I use in no particular order.

close up of christmas pots for the front porch
Stacy Ling with her book the bricks n blooms guide to a beauitful and easy care flower garden

If you’ve always dreamed of bringing country charm to your home while creating a beautiful, relaxing space, I got you! Learn how to grow flowers in even the smallest of spaces with my easy-care, low-maintenance approach.

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Hi there! I hope you had a great week! Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms Where do I even start about the week? My Garden Damage We had some snow earlier in the week and when our plowing service came (who is also our landscaper) they drove 15 feet through my…
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Hi there! I hope you had a great week! Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms What a week it was! My book, The Bricks ‘n Blooms Guide to a Beautiful and Easy-Care Flower Garden officially released!!! Did you get your copy? If you did, would you mind leaving a review on…
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Enjoy a beautiful day! xo

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Want to learn more about me?

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.

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