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What a week it was!

The weather has been so wonderful here this week that my daffodils, crocuses, and hellebores are all blooming! And it’s still early March!

I’ve lived in New Jersey all my life and I’ve not seen this…ever. And I’m not mad about it. But it’s got me thinking about spring. So I started my new garden this week.

daffodils with yellow flowers and blue spruce

Remember when I told you about the cottage and how I was creating a new cottage garden there? Well, we started removing all that liriope and pachysandra. It was so overgrown and boring that it was time to go.

I’ll relocate to other areas in my yard, but for now, it is coming out. My assistant gardener has been really great at helping me remove it all. Because let me tell you, it is a lot of work!

As we were cleaning things out, we uncovered a whole bunch of drain pipes that were totally clogged and not helping the property drain well. Because our property slopes down to a brook, the ground can really hold moisture.

drainage pipes by the cottage

The former homeowners installed drainage pipes all over the property. Over the last year, we’ve noticed an increase in drainage issues so we’ve been trying to locate and find where all these pipes begin and flow out.

The cottage houses both my planting and garden garages together with my decor storage. Over the last year, my planting garage has seen an increase in moisture getting inside. I figured once we started removing the liriope and pachysandra we’d find some pipes but never expected to have several in one spot.

And let me tell you, it is the hot mess express here right now looking at it! But we will have it cleaned out and fixed this week. Good thing I was all in on removing all these plants so we could get to and repair it all.

pink hyacinths, spring flowers and pottery in the garden

While it was a week focused on spring gardening, I also shopped around for odds and ends for our home here and the cabin in Vermont. Here’s what I shopped for this week!

For the Home:

  • Our toaster oven in the VT cabin was on the fritz. It was old and had needed replacing for a while. So I bought this toaster oven/air fryer combination and cannot wait to use it!
  • We also needed a new electric griddle for the cabin, so I bought this one.
  • Love love love this microwave splatter cover. It saves the mess in my microwave when reheating. You need this!
  • And I bought this slow cooker for the cabin too. What we had was a garage sale find that just didn’t work well.

For the Garden:

  • I bought some wire cloches for the garden. Every time I start sunflowers in the ground the chipmunks or a rabbit get to them. BUT NOT THIS YEAR! I’m covering them with these wire cloches.
  • To organize my seeds a little better, I bought this organization box.
  • I started stocking up on slug bait – my hostas will break ground soon so I want to ready when it fully leafs out.
  • I also bought a few bottles of this deer repellent. I’m starting to hit my tulips while they break ground and hydrangeas as they start to leaf out. Since this repellent is systemic, you want to apply it early while the plant is growing and filling out.

It was a fun week on the blog!

Choosing the Perfect Planter

Discover creative planter ideas to elevate your potted flowers. Learn about drainage, material options, and styling tips to bring out the beauty of your plants.

copper planters on front porch with superbells prism pink lemonade, supertunia mini vista indigo and angelonia cascade blue with south african phlox safari dusk
Copper planters on front porch with superbells, supertunia mini vista indigo, angelonia and african phlox

Planting Dahlias Like a Pro

Growing dahlias this year? Create a summer explosion of blooms with this beginner’s guide to planting dahlia tubers. Learn the secrets to HUGE, healthy flowers that will steal the show.

dahlia fleurel and labrynth in the cut flower garden
Dahlia Fleurel and Labrynth

5 Curb Appeal Landscaping Hacks

Want to know how to make your house look better? Boost your home value & impress the street with 5 easy curb appeal landscaping hacks. No renovation is required!

1850 farmhouse with front porch and spring flowers including ajuga, ranunculas, with hostas and buckeye tree.
The Prettiest Thrift Flip Idea for the Front Porch

Zen Garden Ideas

Escape the chaos, and create your sanctuary! ‍13 easy & affordable Zen garden ideas to transform your backyard into a haven of peace. Read on to learn how to create a calm and relaxing space in your garden for the body and mind.

zen garden ideas with koi pond at night
Zen Garden at Night in Spring

27 Water Features for Your Yard

De-stress and unwind with the soothing sounds of water. This post explores 27 beautiful water feature ideas for your yard, designed to create a peaceful and serene outdoor haven.

aromatto basil and fountain in cut flower garden
aromatto basil and fountain in cut flower garden

10 Easy Spring Crafts

Spring has sprung! Celebrate the season with 10 EASY & ADORABLE Spring Crafts you can make in a DAY! Perfect for kids, adults, or DIY beginners! Let’s get crafting!

close up of bouquet with sunflowers on round coffee table with wire cloche lantern, battery operated candle and small faux boxwood plant.

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

vinca with purple flowers, and daffodils with yellow flowers in spring garden

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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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daffodil garden in early spring

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variety of vibrant dahlia flowers in a colorful cut flower garden

Small Space Gardening: The All-You-Need Guide to Growing Showstopping Dahlias in Pots

Short on growing space but want to grow dahlias? This comprehensive guide empowers you to cultivate stunning dahlias in pots. Discover the right pot size, sun needs, feeding tips, and expert techniques for endless blooms.  If you’ve got limited growing space but still want to grow beautiful showy blooms, this post is for you! Today,…
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stacy ling cutting dahlias in her garden

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