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What a week it was!
We spent the entire week after Christmas in Vermont. Originally, we were supposed to come home for New Year’s Eve, but our friends got the flu so we decided to stay at the cabin through New Year’s. And we had the best time!
There wasn’t a whole lot of snow but we enjoyed some downtime together for the week and I enjoyed every minute of it.
Speaking of snow, we got hammered here in New Jersey last night. The first snowfall of the season! It looks so pretty outside in the gardens too.
We rescheduled our friends to come over last night, but with the snow, we had to cancel it. So maybe we’ll get together in February???? LOL
My daughter Shana is heading back to Ohio State today to begin her last semester before graduating. So we celebrated her last weekend at home and went out to dinner on Friday night.
I loved having her home this month. We caught up on all the Bravo TV shows and watched a few oldies but goodies.
As an aside, Bravo TV is like my guilty pleasure. I have always been a fan and it’s fun to watch them with her. I wish she was going to be here when Vanderpump Rules starts again at the end of this month.
Do you watch it??? The scandal from last season continues this season so it will be fun to watch again. I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea but sometimes, I like a little mindless TV to chill and relax. My niece and sister-in-law watch it too so we all debrief about each episode after. hahaha
I’m so excited to see that both my paperwhites and amaryllis started blooming this week. So far, only one of my amaryllis is blooming, but the others that I planted are on their way. Did you grow either this year? How are they doing?
I love the double-flowering amaryllis. They always look so pretty. The variety that’s blooming now is called Double Dancing Queen. I love those white petals with the beautiful red detail, don’t you?
More Upcoming Travel
I’m heading out to Atlanta next week to do a meet and greet at a Home and Garden Show for my book’s promotion. Can you believe we are only one month away from the release date???? I can’t believe it’s almost here.
A New Growing Opportunity For Readers
If you’ve always wanted to start a cut flower garden, I am kicking off an email coaching course that is 10 weeks filled with guidance. Each week, I’ll break down a step and coach you through how to grow your garden from seed.
This email course is ad-free and includes a Facebook group where you can ask questions, grow with others, and join other like-minded gardeners in a close-knit cut flower gardening community. To join this email course, CLICK HERE.
I’m also offering an option to join with a weekly live session via Zoom and more personal coaching where we’ll deep dive into that week’s lesson. This Zoom call will go more in-depth and include a live Q&A. Each call will be recorded so if you can’t make it that week, you can watch it at your convenience after.
To keep it manageable, there are only 25 available spots and the deadline to register is Wednesday, January 10. CLICK HERE NOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT!
What I’m Shopping For This Week
I did a little shopping for my trip this week. Here’s what I bought.
- I need to upgrade my carryon suitcase – this one is AWESOME!
- But I’m also considering this one too.
- Love this tote bag!
- This wedge heel.
- This mock neck sweater dress in white – love the green but they don’t have my size!
- These boots – won’t they look great with my new dress?
- This hat! This is def my OOTD at the event in Atlanta.
Gardening, gardening, gardening! It may be winter, but I’m all about my gardens lately both indoors and out. Here’s what I’m shopping for!
- Do you remember when I told you guys about those willow obelisks? Well, they arrived this week and I LOVE THEM! They look so pretty with my heart leaf philodendron and monstera adansonii that I’m totally getting more! I bought the medium and will bump to a large for a few other houseplants I have.
- I also decided to get these round sphere topiaries for my front porch urns. I thought they’d look so pretty when filled with flowers.
- I also love these topiaries too and may get a few for my houseplants. Still mulling that over though.
- These plant stands are gorgeous and will help raise plants off the floor. I have so many plant babies now, I need more! hahaha
- Seeds – I bought so many seeds. Probably too many seeds but I decided, I’ll save whatever I don’t use. And to be a little more organized with my seed saving, I snagged this awesome seed organizer! It comes with a spiral notebook that has clear seed packet slots as well as small manilla envelopes for seed collecting later. This is a great way to store the amount of seeds I have now.
- Seed starting soil – I’m preparing now!
- Plant labels – I get a little lazy with labeling my seed starts so this year, I’m going to be better with it and do it well ahead of time instead of while I’m in the middle of sowing seeds.
Must Have Indoor Seed Starting Supplies
If you want to get organized to start seeds indoors, here is a list of everything you need to successfully grow them inside. My book is included as it has step-by-step instructions on how to start a cut flower garden from seed.
Must-Have Seed Starting Supplies I Use
- Seed Starting Potting Soil
- Seed Trays
- Bottom or Drainage Trays
- Clear Dome Lids
- Grow Lights
- Shelf System for Seedlings
- Heat Mat
- Plant Labels
- Oscillating Fan
- Programmable Timer
What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms
It was a fun week on the blog! Here’s a rundown of what we did this week:
- Whether you are hosting a holiday, entertaining friends for brunch or just decorating your dining room, here is a year’s worth of seasonal table decor ideas you should try.
- Ditch the pressure of resolutions! Set SMART goals for your garden instead and watch it flourish. Get tips and tricks for easy-care, low-maintenance gardening.
- Crave greenery without the drama? (Busy bees, this is for you!) Discover foolproof and easy houseplants that thrive on neglect. Green up your home, stress-free with these simple tips.
- Butterfly bonanza! Grow vibrant coreopsis for a summer of dazzling blooms & happy pollinators. Read on for easy growing tips and tricks for endless summer flowers.
- Bring the enchanting cottagecore aesthetic into your home with cozy textures, vintage finds, & blooming greenery. Transform your space from city slicker to country charmer!
- Learn how to care for your aloe vera plant, from watering and sunlight to repotting and propagation.
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.
- These Valentine’s Day Projects.
- Oh yum! These decadent mini truffles sound delish!
- These easy Valentines Day decorating ideas.
- This cranberry pistachio biscotti recipe.
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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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