Happy New Year’s Eve! I hope you had a great week!
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What a week it was!
Can you believe it’s already New Year’s Eve? 2023 is almost a blur now! It feels like it just flew by!
We had such a great time celebrating Christmas with our extended family last week. I hosted Christmas Eve and made my annual Christmas Stovetop Clambake. It was so fun and the food turned out SO GOOD! It always does, but this year decided to try a different source of seafood that is a little closer to where we live now.
We spent Christmas Day at my sister-in-law’s and had the best time playing a white elephant game. There were two hotly contested gifts that we were battling for which made the game that much more fun.
My family walked away with a telescope, microphone (Tori has been using it nonstop LOL), portable blender, long charcuterie board, and a cozy blanket. So not bad!
After Christmas, we made a trip to the cabin in Vermont. It was pretty rainy for most of the trip but we made the best of it.
We got to listen to Tori perform her greatest hits all week long on our new microphone. I made some great food. We sat by the fire, did a few puzzles, and played some board games. Oh, and the family got a little bit of skiing in too.
There wasn’t any snow to do any snowshoeing which was a bummer for me because that’s a little more my speed. But we’ll get some here soon. The trip was a lot of fun and I really cherish the time we got to spend together.
Shopping for Dahlias and Seeds for 2024!
For 2024, I’m growing some classics that I love like Thomas Edison, Penhill Watermelon, and Labyrinth. But I also decided to try a bunch of newbies that I haven’t grown before.
Oh, and I broke down and bought another Cafe Au Lait too. I said I wasn’t going to grow her again, but…I am! Please remind me when I complain about her that I didn’t listen to myself when I checked my cart out. LOL!
I’ve also just bought a full shopping cart of seeds that I’m planning to start this year too. It’s a big one too – I’m planning to do both indoor and outdoor sowing so it will be manageable and get my hands in the dirt while it’s still winter.
What I’m Shopping For This Week
I took advantage of some great after-Christmas sales this week and am getting ready for seed starting season! Here’s what I’m shopping for this week!
Random Stuff I’m Shopping For
- My daughter Shana bought me an oversized scrunchie for my hair THAT I LOVE! It looks great when I have my hair up in a bun so I bought a few more like this one, this one, and this one!
- This cozy sweater.
- Aren’t these garden coasters so pretty too?
- I bought a few of these faux ranunculus. They are on sale and fabulous!
- And I also bought a few of these for my library shelves. It’s very dark in there and hard to grow things but I want to green up some of the bookshelves.
Gardening Supplies I’m Shopping For
- I bought a few of these mini willow garden obelisks for my houseplants! I can’t wait to get them.
- These terracotta planters.
- I love this fluted pot and saucer.
- I also picked up a few bags of organic fertilizer for my vegetable garden. My lettuce, broccoli, and brussel sprouts are still doing pretty well out there. We’ve had a mild winter so far, so hopefully, I can keep them going.
- And for when those days get really chilly, I’m going to use this frost blanket to keep them insulated to hopefully keep them going!
Christmas Decor, Gift Wrapping, and Ornament Storage
I curated a list of my favorite organizational finds for holiday decor and gift-wrapping storage. Getting organized as you put it all away will make it so much easier to take out and decorate next year. Click on any of the items in the picture below or shop my curated list here.
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What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms
It was a fun week on the blog!
- I love quick, easy, and delicious recipes that I can whip up in minutes. And guess what? You do too! Which one of these reader’s favorite recipes did you taste this year?
- Looking back, 2023 was chock full of big-time stuff! Here’s a recap of my top 10 Reader’s Favorite blog posts from 2023.
- The holiday season may be over, but the opportunity for renewal is just beginning. Discover how to seamlessly transition from festive cheer to a clutter-free, organized new year with this practical guide to after Christmas decluttering and home reorganization. Unleash the power of a clean and serene environment to boost your productivity, enhance your well-being, and welcome the new year with open arms.
- Want to decorate your home with plants and flowers but don’t have the greenest thumb? Elevate your home décor with these foolproof tips to make your faux flowers look like they were plucked straight from the garden.
- Learn how to start seeds indoors and navigate the common pitfalls with this comprehensive guide that identifies and resolves issues.
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 thrifting secrets.
- I love each of these posts from 2023 – do you have a favorite?
- This DIY candle chandelier is so cool!
- This Christmas lights at night tour.
- These vintage and thrifty decorating ideas.
- This keto-friendly hot pizza dip sounds great for New Year’s Eve.
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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.
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