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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 about 50 bearded irises that I put in a holding area in the formal garden because I wasn’t sure where they were going. So I recently dug them up and moved them to their permanent garden along my driveway entrance.

And I had to do the same thing with some peonies I bought last year too – I realize that wasn’t the best thing to do right before they both bloom but I had them in an area that I’m planting up this year!

The rope tree sculpture in the formal garden was my holding area for both of these plants. However, I’m going to plant them up with deer resistant flowers this year so I needed to make space for them as they are currently shipping to my home as you read this post. I’ll share more with you as I plant it up but I need to prepare the gardens now for what’s to come.

1850 farmhouse with daffodils planted en masse

A Big Change is Coming!

So you know how we have all of these tree sculptures here on the property? For the most part, I love them all. They are truly unique and I mean, someone made them from dead trees!

When we first moved in, we thought we might relocate one or two of them to a walking path on our property. But have quickly found out it will be crazy expensive to do it.

I’ve waited two years before doing anything about the one I dislike the most because once you take it down, that’s it – it’s gone. But there is one in the front of our home that I’ve never liked. You don’t see it often because I photograph and film around it. But I hate it. Literally hate it.

We found someone who will take it down and remove it so they can have it. Which I am good with! I’m glad they will do something about it and appreciate it more than I. As an aside, this is the only tree sculpture we are removing. The rest are staying as I truly appreciate them.

But I cannot wait for this one to be gone so I can reclaim the space and make it the small flower garden that it should be!

front porch garden with tree sculpture, hellebores, pink tulips, daffodils, vinca, and ajuga

New Projects!

As if removing tree sculptures and starting new gardens wasn’t going to keep me busy enough, we are also going to work on the she-shed on rainy days over the next few months so I can use it as a drying house and a place where I make wreaths and arrangements.

It’s really perfect for this! The former homeowner built this to make a camping space for their grandkids so it has electric and everything. It just needs a little sprucing up! Can’t wait to show you more in the coming months.

Next Appearance

Engraved Images in Far Hills, New Jersey is hosting me on Thursday, May 2, 2024 from 1-4PM! If you are local…come drop by and say hi! I’ll have some books on me. And if you already bought one? Bring it down and I’ll sign it for you!

spring garden with hyacinths, daffodils and sedum.

This week, I shopped around for a bunch of random stuff both in and out of the garden! Here’s what I bought this week:

  • I am stocking up on peat pots for outdoor seed starting. Because we mulch the beds it will be easier to start them in peat pots with potting soil and then plant them directly in the gardens after they germinate.
  • Plant labels, plant labels, and more plant labels! I’m trying to be much better about labeling every single seedling this year.
  • I bought more raised bed mix to top off the gardens in the potager.
  • I also snagged some fish emulsion to start feeding my newly planted roses and seed starts later in spring.
  • And because I’m heading into NYC later this month, I bought this dress for a garden chic look!
daffodils planted en masse with forsythia flowers

It was a fun week on the blog!

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pink roses
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Sunflower close up with bee - makes a great companion plant

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close up of lavender flowers
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Rustic Italian Dinner Party Table Decor

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close up of Cozy Italian Dinner Party Table Decorations in french country farmhouse dining room with gorgeous crystal chandelier
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Best Blondie Brownies Recipe

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The best blondie brownie recipe on a wood serving board

April Garden Tour

Come join me in the gardens for a beautiful early spring garden tour. Today, I’m taking you around the front yard gardens, formal and zen garden. Wait until you see how pretty the blooms look! Tour my gardens here.

hyacniths with purple and pink flowers

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

hyacinths and daffodils in the 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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Enjoy a beautiful day! xo

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stacy ling cutting dahlias in her garden

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