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What a week it was!

We had a massive earthquake here on Friday morning (for New Jersey) and it was really scary! It was centered very close to where I live and was a 4.8!

At the time it hit, I thought a tree fell on the house at first but as it kept going, I thought bomb or earthquake. I opened the door and saw everything was just shaking and it was really scary!

My husband was in Vermont skiing so the first thing I thought was oh my gosh did it hit there too. But I texted my friend Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill who lives in New Hampshire and she said she didn’t feel it so that put my mind at ease until I eventually heard from him!

While New Jersey has experienced small earthquakes before, I don’t ever remember experiencing anything like this. We had a few aftershocks and one hit that was a 4.0. What a crazy start to the weekend!

In the Garden

Do you guys remember those pincushion flower seeds I started a while ago that I put to pasture outside because I noticed some dampened off? I have had them outside for almost a month now. They’ve been out there in freezing temps and would you believe that some motored on and grew?

Yes!!! I never dumped out the cell trays and just left them outside. So note to self, don’t toss them right away. I do not regret moving them outside at all but I’m glad I didn’t bother to dump them out yet!

hardening off snapdragon seedlings for the cutting garden
Hardening off snapdragon seedlings on the back porch

Seed Starting Update

So far, everything that I’ve sown indoors from seed is doing great! I was not expecting Floret’s dahlia seeds to germinate so soon and they did!

I’m going to start hardening off my snapdragons this week so I can make room and have a little less work for myself when I harden the rest of these off. They are cool season flowers, so they can start that process now.

Last week, I planted all of my sweet peas and perennial seed starts that I winter sowed. This is seriously the most wonderful time of the year!

Podcast Alert!

My good friend Lana Stenner from the Grace-Filled Homestead featured me on her podcast last week! We chatted all about gardening, homesteading, and ways to enjoy growing flowers! You can listen to it here.

New Merch Added

New merch has been added to the shop! Wait until you see the new spring designs – you can check out my new shop here!

Big News Coming

Do you remember last week when I mentioned I’ve got something big on the horizon? Well I’ll be announcing it on or around Earth Day. And trust me…you are not going to want to miss this one!

close up of pink tulips

I am spending a lot of time now in the beds and planting. Here’s what I bought this week!

  • Epsom salt for my newly planted roses.
  • Fish emulsion for when I start feeding my seedlings. This is great to use if you prefer a more organic fertilizer for plants in general anyway!
  • A few more frost covers since I am going to plant out much sooner than the frost date this year and I want to be prepared!
  • Another bottle of dormant oil.
  • And of course, more deer repellent! It seems I never have enough!

I also did a little spring boho dress shopping! And I’m loving the looks!

  • I have this one already and it is one of my favorites!
  • I love love love everything about this boho dress and bought it in this shade!
  • This one is really pretty too. But it definitely needs a belt.
  • I have this one in a few colors! It’s really comfortable and looks great when paired with a denim jacket.
  • And I love this bag!
violas with orange and purple flowers

It was a fun week on the blog!

Growing Dahlias in Pots

Want to grow beautiful dahlias but short on space? Learn how to grow dahlias in pots with these simple tips!

dahlia kogane fubuki in a vibrant cut flower garden
Dahlia Kogane Fubuki

Planting Bearded Irises the Right Way

Master the art of planting bearded irises with this expert guide where I’m covering everything from timing and location to the crucial rhizome placement.

close up of bearded irises in the garden

Fixing Spring Flowering Bulbs That Didn’t Bloom

Spring bulbs lacking or failing to bloom are not uncommon. Learn what causes it and how to fix it with these simple tips.

daffodil garden in early spring

When to Plant Cool vs. Warm Season Flowers

Plant with confidence in April! This post shares the top cool-season flowers that flourish in cooler temps, along with a guide for warm season flower success when summer arrives.

vibrant purple pansies

Charming Outdoor Garden Party Ideas

Forget the boring backyard BBQ. Wait until you try these charming outdoor garden party ideas! Whether you are serving brunch or dinner, this post shares stunning ideas for every occasion.

Close up of a casual garden party table with fresh cut flowers from the garden like zinnias and celosia in vintage mason jars and vases on a farmhouse table with a green boho table cloth, cedar branch placemats, neutral dinnerware, gold flatware, and amber wine glasses

Shocking Garden Shed Before and After

Wait until you see how a can of paint can completely transform an eyesore garden shed. Check out this before and after shed transformation here.

Gorgeous cottage garden in the backyard garden in front of a shed with cut flower garden filled with sedum autumn joy, wood picket fence, dahlias and zinnias
My Former Cottage Garden by the Shed Started Using the Lasagna Gardening Method

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Garden Supplies I Use

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dahlia kogane fubuki in the potager garden

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stacy ling cutting dahlias in her garden

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