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I hope you had a great week!

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What a week it was!

It was a chilly week here in New Jersey but my plantings so far have fared well. I didn’t cover anything and my cool season flowers and herbs don’t look amazing but are doing okay and I’m sure will bounce back as we warm up again.

My daughter’s 24th birthday is this week so our home has been filled with fellow Bucknellians for a weekend bash celebrating with her. Everyone is going home today but it’s always nice filling our home with lots of friends and fun.

We started rehabbing a bed by the pool that was seriously overgrown with evergreens and ivy. It was a hot mess to clean up but it’s looking good so far. We wound up keeping a few evergreens and discovered a few statues that were buried under the growth.

Pool lounge chairs and umbrellas and a garden
The garden behind the lounge chairs is bland, overgrown and not aesthetically pleasing. This year it will be filled with hydrangeas, perennials, and flowering annuals.

I had a little issue with some seed starts this week and had to totally toss a batch that I started. Ugh.

I bought some seeds for pincushion flowers (I was mistakenly referring to it as stock all week, but it was actually pincushion). Anywho, I purchased both pincushion and stock flower seeds on sale from a high quality grower that was selling off all of their stock.

I thought I was getting a great deal right? Well I started the pincushion flowers from seed and shortly after germinating, they almost all dampened off. Because of my experience last year with growing lisianthus, I decided not to waste the indoor seed starting space or risk anything affecting my other seed starts that are healthy and strong.

So I put them to pasture outside and will not be growing them this year. I still have the packet of stock seeds from that same grower and I’m just going to toss them. I’m not even going to try.

I think the seeds were a little old and just not worth trying to grow. Maybe I’ll try sowing them outdoors after the last frost date to see what happens.

Updated pool garden March 20, 2024
The pool garden after we cleaned out the blue spruces and ivy

It was a busy week seed starting and prepping for spring! I found some great deals during Amazon’s Big Spring Sale for the Garden. Here are a few favorites from the sale!

  • These raised garden beds . If you need a little more control over your soil, I had very similar beds in my former garden and these were easy to put together and great to use!
  • This patio heater is great for keeping warm in your outdoor living spaces. They work really well. We want to get one for the back porch!
  • These grow lights are great to give your indoor plants a little extra sunlight!
  • This repotting mat is a must-have to keep your spaces neat and clean. It really helps contain the mess. I love mine.
  • You cannot beat a foldable wagon. I used this to bring my books in and out of the home and garden show but I also use it when I’m at flea markets. It’s great to haul stuff around your yard too.
  • I’ve been eyeing this birkin philodendron for a while, so it’s great to finally see it on sale!
container garden for spring filled with spreading pansies, ranunculus and cordyline

It was a fun week on the blog!

The Best Way to Start Cosmos From Seed

Dreaming of a vibrant cottage garden without the hassle? This guide shows you how to grow the stunning cosmos flower from seed to bloom. Learn the best way to start cosmos from seed with these simple tips.

Double Click Snow Puff cosmos
Double Click Cosmos with light pink flowers

Mastering the Art of Growing Pink Princess Philodendron

This in-depth guide unveils the secrets to maximizing variegation, promoting growth, and creating a stunning climbing display. Learn how to give your beloved pink princess philodendron the care it deserves.

pink princess philodendron close up

Bearded Iris Care

Unleash the rainbow of iris flowers! Master bearded iris care: plant, bloom, & multiply like a pro! Read on for stunning blooms all season!

close up of bearded irises in the garden

Creative Ways to Use Easter Flowers in Your Decor

Ditch the vase! This post goes beyond the bouquet, offering creative ways to use Easter flowers to decorate your entire home. Find inspiration for centerpieces, wreaths, and more to celebrate spring in full bloom!

close up of easter flowers table centerpiece with fresh cut pink tulips

Chopped Tomato, Cucumber, & Onion Salad

Discover a refreshing and healthy chopped salad recipe packed with crisp cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, and zesty onions. This simple salad with cucumber, tomato, and onions tastes so good with a light vinaigrette. Wait until you try it!

close up of easy salad with cucumber, tomato, onion recipe
Cucumber, Tomato and Onion Salad Recipe

Rumchata Dream: Cupcakes Soaked in Boozy Bliss

Looking for an amazing dessert that is super delicious and easy to make? Wait until you try this recipe for Rumchata cupcakes.

Easter Brunch Dessert ideas with close up of rumchata cupcakes

Planting Pansies

Join me in the garden as well plant some pansies for spring!

close up of purple pansies and violas with purple flowers

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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spreading pansies with purple flowers

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