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I hope you had a great week!

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What a week it was!

The NJ Home and Garden show was an amazing experience. I met so many great people and my book even appeared on a CBS segment on Sunday. You can watch it here.

We broke everything down Sunday night after the show concluded and it was a mad dash to get everything clean! I took every one of those plants home too.

My assistant gardener and I planted all of the cyclamen, hyacinths, tulips, and primrose the next day. It was pretty warm here so while they don’t love the chillier nights, so far, they are all doing okay. I’m not expecting the flowers to be amazing this season given when they are going in the ground, but hope they take. They really brightened up the landscape!

The cyclamen is a little droopy but as long as I can keep the foliage looking good, I think it will do fine long term.

Because the weather was so mild, I also spent a day pruning all of the roses, fertilizing them, and applying some dormant oil too. I’ve had some issues with some sort of chewing insect on my knockout rose standards so I’m trying horticultural oil on them to see if it helps this year.

I’m also enjoying all of my new tropical indoor plant babies! I’m still figuring out where everyone is going but I love them all. It was so fun to change things up and get some newbies in the house.

I also hosted book club this week where we discussed not one, but two books! We chatted about Tomorrow, Tomorrow, Tomorrow. Have you read it yet? I did not, but about half of us did. We also chatted about my book! Which was really fun because how often do you get the author at your book club?

It was really fun catching up with my friends and we are expanding our book club to an additional lunch club where we will go around to different local restaurants to enjoy some good food and down time.

Book club with stacy ling in her home

Now that it’s March, I hit the ground running with shopping around for garden supplies to prepare because things will happen here before you know it! Here’s what I stocked up on.

  • Horticultural Oil – It is organic and best to use now before while plants are dormant.
  • Rose Fertilizer – it’s organic and helps my roses bloom like crazy.
  • Grow through plant supports – I buy more every year and use them with my peonies, bearded irises, dahlias, zinnias, snapdragons and other plants that need a little extra support in the beds.
  • This deer repellent and this deer repellent that also keeps the rabbits and groundhogs away.
  • I also ordered this plant moisture meter. It almost looks like a knitting needle but I think this is better than the thermometer ones because you can visually see how damp the soil is down below.
  • Oh and I bought another new plant too! This one is a begonia and she arrives this week!
alocasia plant

It was a fun week on the blog!

How to Prune Roses with Confidence

Nervous about pruning your roses? Relax! This beginner’s guide teaches you step-by-step how to prune roses with confidence for healthier, more beautiful blooms.

pink roses in my cottage garden
Pink roses in my cottage garden

The Best Yellow Flowers

Shade or shine, find your perfect match! Discover the prettiest yellow flowers for every corner of your garden. Wait until you see these photos from my garden featuring pretty blooms with yellow flower names.

vibrant yellow sunflowers

10 Easy Shade-Loving Plants That Bloom

Tired of gloomy corners in your garden? Discover the magic of shade gardening with 10 stunning, low-maintenance shade-loving plants that bloom.

close up of pink hellebores aka lenten rose

Lasagna Gardening

Ditch the digging, embrace the layers! Get a thriving garden the EASY way with lasagna gardening’s no-sweat secrets. Read on and create new gardens without breaking your back!

Garden Shed with Cut flower Garden nj in late summer

10 New Tropical Indoor Plants

Craving a vacation vibe? Bring the lush jungle aesthetic home with these 10 lush tropical indoor plants! Learn care tips and discover how to bring new plants into your home the right way. Wait until you see my new plants!

chinese evergreen plant aglaonema

Mouthwatering Ideas for a Ladies Luncheon

Whether you are hosting a book club or enjoying lunch with your besties, wait until you try these easy salad bar menu recipes for a ladies luncheon.

close up of the best recipe for caprese salad

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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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. Here are some of my favorites that I use in no particular order.

dahlia kogane fubuki in the potager garden

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Stacy Ling with her book the bricks n blooms guide to a beauitful and easy care flower garden

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white front porch rockers in fall with zinnias and alliums

A Beginner’s Guide to Growing Big, Beautiful Zinnia Flowers That Attracts Pollinators

Craving vibrant blooms and buzzing bees? Grow show-stopping blooms with this beginner-friendly guide that shares easy tips for BIG, beautiful zinnia flowers and a pollinator paradise in your backyard. Forget finicky flowers that are a ton of work to grow. Zinnias are your low-maintenance ticket to a thriving and vibrant summer garden that attracts butterflies,…
Read More A Beginner’s Guide to Growing Big, Beautiful Zinnia Flowers That Attracts Pollinators
hyacinths and daffodils in the spring garden

Bricks ‘n Blooms Weekly 179

Hi there! I hope you had a great week! Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms What a week it was! I did so much work in the beds this week! My main focus was dividing perennials including nepeta, monarda, purple coneflowers, black-eyed susans, and coreopsis. Last year, my father-in-law gave me…
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pink roses

Rose Fertilizer 101: What to Use & When to Apply for Show-Stopping Blooms

Struggling to get your roses to bloom? Learn the secrets to feeding your roses for a season of vibrant, show-stopping blooms with this guide to the best rose fertilizer types and application schedules. Roses are undeniably some of the most beloved garden flowers, prized for their intoxicating fragrance and captivating blooms. But nurturing them requires…
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after the family room update showing my new round coffee table

Mastering the Cottagecore Aesthetic: Your Guide to Bringing Country Charm Indoors

Discover the secrets to bringing an enchanting cottagecore aesthetic into your home with cozy textures, vintage finds, and blooming greenery. Read on to transform your space from city slicker to country charm! Imagine stepping into a sun-dappled cottage, enveloped by the warmth of wildflowers and aged wood. Sunlight dances through lace curtains, illuminating shelves laden…
Read More Mastering the Cottagecore Aesthetic: Your Guide to Bringing Country Charm Indoors

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Enjoy a beautiful day! xo

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stacy ling cutting dahlias in her garden

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4 Comments

  1. Stacy
    I’m glad you got some rest. Your book club sounds amazing and they are so lucky to have an author. So fun. Thanks for sharing my Easter Eggs.

  2. You have been keeping busy! The weather will be in the 60s next week, and I’m so excited to spend some quality time in the garden again. Looks like you’ve been out there a lot already this year. Looks beautiful!