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I hope you had a great week!

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What a week it was!

My trip to Atlanta was amazing! I enjoyed spending time with my publisher, Harvest House, as we attended the Atlanta Market.

A little pre-story before we get into the trip. Would you believe that my flight got cancelled for the trip back. Wait until you hear why!

A few days before, Chris asked me what type of planes I was flying on because of those 900 Max planes. I looked – one was a 737-700 and the other was a 737-900. But I didn’t think the 900 was the same since it didn’t say 900 Max.

I was wrong.

It in fact was a 900 Max plane and it was canceled late Friday afternoon because the FAA grounded every single one. And I was scheduled to leave on Sunday! So I hightailed it to Expedia, booked a new flight to come home and called it a day. I mean, can you imagine if I flew on that plane after all the news?

Master Gardener Stacy Ling doing a planting demonstration at Atlanta Market in the VIP home and garden booth

Anyway, everything else went smoothly getting to Atlanta, meeting up with my publisher and doing all the things while I was there.

At the market, I did a container planting demonstration at the Butler Group and VIP Home and Garden Booths and had my first book signing which was pretty cool!

I was scheduled to fly back early Tuesday morning and it was suppose to storm here in New Jersey. So I was a little anxious about my travel back home, but that thankfully, that went smoothly as well.

It’s been freezing here this week with a few snowstorms. It finally looks and feels like winter here!

Stacy Ling signing her book
Master gardener stacy ling signing books at the Atlanta Market

A Pleasant Surprise

Just before flying out to Atlanta, several boxes of my books, The Bricks ‘n Blooms Guide to a Beautiful and Easy-Care Flower Garden arrived!

To celebrate their arrival, I’m giving away 3 signed copies of my book to blog readers who comment on my post, The Best Blue Flowers for Every Corner of Your Garden. All you have to do is head over to the post, leave a comment and I’ll randomly pick three readers to receive a free signed copy of my book!

Comment before Friday, January 26, 2024 at 11PM to enter and I’ll randomly choose 3 readers to receive a signed free copy of my book.

Up and Coming Projects

And I’m working on a few projects that I’m super excited to share with you! One of which, I’ll tell you about now. Can you guess what it is?

I’m writing another book!!!!! I can’t share much more about it now, but it’s coming in 2025. Let’s grow!

Picture of the Bricks 'n Blooms Guide to a Beautiful and Easy-Care Flower Garden

I found some GREAT stuff from Magnolia for my spring vibe plus some must-have items for the garden. Here’s what I shopped for this week.

My Spring Vibe from Magnolia

Garden Shopping

snow on the pond bridge

It was a fun week on the blog!

The Best Blue Flowers For Every Corner of Your Garden

Discover stunning blue flowers that are easy to grow for every inch of your garden. Click to see these vibrant blooms in pictures from my gardens with the names of blue flowers!

vibrant blue aster flowers close up
Asters with blue flowers

Easiest Flowers to Grow From Seed This Winter

Unleash your green thumb with this garden layout guide! Design your dream oasis & watch it bloom come spring. Click to dream & plan your green space’s potential!

vibrant zinnia flowers with queen lime zinnia
Queen Lime with Blush Zinnia and other Zinnia Flowers

Best Low Maintenance Plants that Clean the Air

Discover the best low-maintenance indoor plants that purify your air & thrive on neglect. Read on to boost your home’s health (and style!)

farmhouse sunroom in winter with houseplants that clean the air

Monstera Plant Care 101

Looking for ways to green up your home without the fuss? Ditch the brown & grow a Monstera masterpiece! Your one-stop shop for Monstera plant care with lush leaves and zero drama. Watering, light, pests – it’s all here!

Close up of Monstera plant foliage

Easy Mexican Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Shhh…don’t tell the tortillas! These Mexican stuffed peppers are the new weeknight MVP. Packed with protein & veggies, they’re bursting with Tex-Mex goodness. Easy recipe, big flavor! Read on to conquer dinner!

close up of Mexican Stuffed peppers recipe
Mexican stuffed peppers with yellow and green bell peppers

Brie, Pear & Prosciutto Crostini Recipe

Craving fancy finger food? Elevate your appetizer game with our easy Brie, pear & prosciutto crostini recipe. Sweet, salty, crispy bliss in every bite!

pear, brie, and prosciutto crostini recipe on charcuterie board

I love finding cool inspiration from around the web and wanted to share some of what I’m loving right now.

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Stacy Ling's book The Bricks 'n Blooms Guide to a Beautiful and Easy-Care Flower Garden

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.

dahlia kogane fubuki in the potager garden

Click here to shop my favorite garden supplies!

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.

Click here to shop my vintage farmhouse with close up of the front porch with flowers

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chinese evergreen and white amaryllis flower with a clock

Bricks ‘n Blooms Weekly 171

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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Bricks ‘n Blooms Weekly 170

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

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.

stacy ling cutting dahlias in her garden

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  1. Your book signing sounds so fun, Stacy. I’m glad all of the travel worked out. I got some happy mail this week too…I can’t wait to read your book and shared the pre-order details with my my readers in my recap post today. And now you’re writing another one..how exciting!

    1. I’m so glad you got your book Jen!!!! I hope you enjoy reading it and thank you for sharing it!!! Yes I’m going to be busy for a while! hahaha Happy Sunday! xoxo

  2. Dear Stacy I’m always so excited to receive your newsletters. You bring us so much content that covers so many areas, from flower gardens, indoor plants that clean the air, to recipes and all of the links at our fingertips to purchase the most wonderful things. How exciting that your trip to Atlanta was a success. You were not too far from me in SC!! Thank you for making my Sunday morning coffee so amazing! Have a wonderful week ahead.

    1. That means so much Debbie – thank you so much for your sweet comment! I am so glad you enjoy getting my newsletters because I really enjoy sharing things with you! Happy Sunday! xoxo

  3. Great information! I had forgotten about the borage plants, I grew them years ago and now will plant them again this spring. My problem? I love all flowers, so if I’m not careful I wind up with lots of plants and no where to put them.
    Would love to have your autographed book. Thank you for the opportunity to win it

    1. I LOVE borage and I know what you mean! Whenever I shop for seeds or plants I do the same! LOL. I would love for you to have it to! Thank you!!! xoxo

  4. Stacy I am just so happy for you and your book! What a cool opportunity to plant and sign books at the Atlanta market. Talk about dreams coming true! And a second book? Girl you are on fire!!! Thank you for sharing my subtle Valentine’s Day decor posts so kind! Have a great week!