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I hope you had a great week!

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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 Amazon, Goodreads and/or Barnes & Noble? Those reviews really help first-time authors like me get their book to become more visible on those platforms.

In addition to my book release, Garden Design is featuring on their website in their book resource library AND is running a giveaway with my book over on Instagram, so drop by and check it out!

From Snow-to-Blooms is BACK for one last time in 2024!!!

I’m opening a new email coaching group for the last time in 2024 to help you grow a cut flower garden in 2024. If you were on the fence about whether to sign up the first round, now is the time to join!

To get a cut flower garden going for this year, you’ve got to get started now. I will coach you through it all week to week to keep you on track and full of knowledge so you can start seeds with success.

CLICK HERE to join From Snow-to-Blooms: Your Guide to Successful Seed Starting. Registration closes for the last time in 2024 on Tuesday, February 13 at 11PM EST!!! This will make a great Valentine’s Day gift if you want to give your loved one something different this year.

Let’s Grow!!!

last bouquet of flowers from the cutting garden in 2022 with zinnias, dahlias, snapdragons and celosia

In My Garden

We took a tree down that was dead and ready to fall down on an outbuilding that we call the cottage. It was hacked quite a bit from a prior tree company and didn’t look good at all from an aesthetic perspective. So once I noticed it was dead too, it was time to remove it!

Oh, speaking of the cottage, there is a large garden space and walkway that we are completely renovating. The walkway has needed an update because it was created using INDOOR TILE. Needless to say, it is falling apart and gets very slippery in the rain or winter so I cannot wait to have this fixed!

But the garden is a whole different story. Right now, it is filled with liriope and pachysandra. So that’s going to be a bit of a job to get out, but a fellow gardener with a bit more muscle than I have will help me remove it all. So stay tuned for that!

Last weekend, when we were shopping for items for my booth at the New Jersey Home and Garden Show, I wound up bringing a few houseplants home with me. A new zz plant with dark foliage, a peace lily, and alocasia have now joined my houseplant gang.

OHHHH, and I snagged a pink princess philodendron too from Amazon and it is in great shape! They are really beautiful plants so if you are looking for something fun that’s easy to grow, give her a try!

daffodils and tulips in the spring cottage garden

Screening for Colon Cancer

Something I’ve not shared because I prefer to keep things light and happy in my little corner of the internet is my family history of colon cancer.

Both of my parents had it in their early 50’s, my mother beat it and my father not so much. He ignored the signs and it spread to his liver so it was too late when it was found.

As a result, I started getting screened when I was 35. And back then, they found a small polyp that was removed. I’m 52 now, so can you imagine if I never did that screening??? I too could be in my early 50s with colon cancer!

So anyway, since that first screening, I go every few years. I had a colonoscopy this week and they found the smallest, tiny polyp that they removed. So out of 4 screenings in my life, the first and this one, a polyp was found.

I cannot stress enough how important it is to get yourself screened. Anyone can get colon cancer and it is so preventable…if you get screened! It is a slow-growing cancer and while the whole screening sounds unpleasant, honestly it’s not. The prep is the worst but is worth doing to live a life without cancer. I’ve seen what it can do and it is not worth messing around with this one.

Okay, I’m off my soapbox now…back to the blooms!

close up of daffodils in garden with green fence
Boston fern in my sunroom

The Backyard Bouquet Podcast

I was recently featured on the Backyard Bouquet Podcast with my good friend Jen from the Flowering Farmhouse and let me tell you, we talked about some GREAT stuff!

If you want to hear a podcast dedicated to talking about flowers, you’ve got to dive in on this one! Come join Jen and me as we chat about dahlias, companion plantings, cut flower gardening, my book and so much more!

stacy ling on the backyard bouquet podcast with the flowering farmhouse

New Jersey Home and Garden Show

Guess what? I’m speaking now at the New Jersey Home and Garden show with a super impressive DIYer Doreen Stovenour.

And I’m also working hard on my booth for the New Jersey Home and Garden Show. Will you be there?

If you are in the New Jersey area on February 23-25 in Edison, New Jersey. Come hang out with me at the New Jersey Home and Garden Show! I’ll have a booth there #465 near the marketplace in the expo center. The theme is burst into spring so you know there will be lots of incredible floral displays to soak in, including mine! While I’m there, I’ll be running a few giveaways, signing my book, and creating a gorgeous display of the prettiest spring flowers that you’ve got to see!

Admission is $10 with kids under 16 free. Chris and I took our kids to this event when they were younger and it was a great opportunity to walk around a beautiful venue, with lots of fresh flowers, ideas, and inspiration for home and garden renovation projects.

vintage farmhouse with daffodils and flowering crabapple with stone wall and beautiful front porch in new jersey
Daffodil mix in front of vintage farmhouse in early spring

This week, I was on a kick for new houseplants to love! Here’s what I bought!!!

It was a fun week on the blog!

The Best Way to Start Zinnia Seeds

Want to grow zinnias in your cut flower garden this year? Learn the best way to start zinnia seeds with this foolproof guide!

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

Confessions of a Strawflower Addict

Wait until you discover the magic of strawflowers with this addictive guide. Learn how to start strawflower from seed, grow, care for, and DIY stunning arrangements all season long with these simple tips.

cut flower patch: strawflowers in the potager garden

10 Easy Flowers to Grow for Early Spring Color

Tired of gray winters? Skip the wait and plant these 10 easy flowers to grow that are guaranteed to deliver fast color in early spring.

close up of tulip pink perennial in the garden at sunset by stone wall

My Top 5 Spring Garden Supplies

Getting organized for spring gardening early this year? Wait until you see my top five spring gardening supplies you need to get now.

purple and white hyacinth flowers
Purple and White Hyacinth Flowers

Easy Chicken and Spinach Flatbread Pizza Recipe

Wait until you try this quick, easy, and delicious chicken and spinach flatbread pizza recipe that can be ready in under 20 MINUTES!

chicken and spinach flatbread pizza recipe on wood serving board

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

alliums and pansies in the front porch garden in spring

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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.

dahlia kogane fubuki in the potager garden

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Buy My Book!

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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chinese evergreen and white amaryllis flower with a clock

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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.

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. Congratulations on your booth at the Home & Garden show. We have been there many times.

    If I could get around I’d be there in a minute. Walking a big venue with a walker would be difficult.

    I wish the best of luck