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It was a gorgeous week here in New Jersey! The weather has really warmed up and my plants are exploding from the ground.

While this is my favorite time of year, the tree pollen gets me every time! So I’ve had a good case of bad allergies this week, but am on the mend.


We had an amazing Easter. Some family visited with us that we haven’t been able to see in a long time.

And the Farm-to-Table Easter Meal Kit from Alstede Farms was phenomenal. I will totally do that again next year!

Bricks 'n Blooms Weekly

My youngest daughter, Tori, wrapped up her swim season and received a varsity letter. So big congrats to her!

Bricks 'n Blooms Weekly

We learned something about my dog, Koda, over the last few weeks.

She loves to sit on the deck and watch the sunset every night!

Isn’t that so cute?

She scratches at the door each night at roughly the same time so she can sit out here and watch the sunset.

My dog at sunset on the backyard deck

I went went thrifting near me at the Habitat for Humanity Restore and found some interesting items.

But my favorite shopping trip was to the best nursery in the area, Morris County Farms. While there I picked up several new houseplants.

One of which is a fiddle leaf fig.

plants in a garden nursery greenhouse

Until now, I have avoided growing these because they are supposedly very finicky. And I prefer to work with easy-care plants.

I saw the nursery had some young ones available, so I decided to bring a baby fiddle leaf fig home and give it a whirl. If you have any tips, leave them in the comments below – I would love to hear your thoughts!

Wish me luck!

I also started sowing my zinnias this week. I bought quite a few varieties of seeds and can’t wait to see how they do in the garden.

What You Need To Know About Sowing Seeds Indoors

And we started making the new vegetable garden. If you are on Instagram, you can see the start of it HERE in my stories.

What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a great week for the blog. We did some fun things here this week.

For starters, I shared this super easy dinner recipe that is family-friendly and a great way to use your spinach harvest from the garden.


On Thursday, some gardening friends and I from around the country did a live garden happy hour chat on Instagram.

We talked about all things plants and flowers with people from around the world.

I mean, how cool is that!

plant quote

Since we chatted a little about critter problems in the garden, I shared an AWESOME LIST of deer-resistant plants for the cottage garden. If you are planting a flower garden this spring, check out this list of deer-resistant flowers.

Top 5 Spring Garden Supplies

And finally, I just want to show you the double flowering daffodils that I planted in fall.

Aren’t they just gorgeous!!!

double flowering daffodils

Amazing Inspiration from Around the Web

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

My favorite thing about blogging is the great friends I’ve made around the globe.

And I want to share some of them with you this week because they are really inspiring me.

I probably feature my friend Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse weekly, but I seriously love her creative DIYs. Check out what she made this week. Isn’t it awesome?

purple, pink, yellow, and green floral appliqued throw pillow
Photo by The Ponds Farmhouse

When I saw my friend Leslie from Feet Under My Table’s beautiful DIY spring wreath from Pinterest, I knew I wanted to make it.

Isn’t it adorable?

moss wreath with green bow, green plates attached and yellow flowers
Photo by Feet Under My Table

Here are some more amazing inspo from around the web!

But there was so much more this week that I really enjoyed!

This furniture update.

I love this gorgeous tablescape.

This DIY Wreath.

This bathroom renovation.

These 2021 shopping trends.

sunrise in spring
Sunrise the other morning in the garden. It was gorgeous!

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  1. So much inspiration!! Loved it all! Thanks for sharing my wreath—can’t wait to see yours.❤️ Happy weekend!

    1. Thanks Leslie! I love that wreath and actually found it on Pinterest!!! It’s so pretty! Enjoy your day! xoxo

  2. Stacy,
    You are so sweet to share this project. It definitely turned out better than I imagined.
    I appreciate you so much.

  3. Hi Stacy! I hope you had a great weekend! First of all, congratulations to your daughter Tori! That’s awesome. And Koda seems very romantic, that’s quite the god you have there! The weather has been amazing here as well and I am so excited to have the perfect gardening weather for the next two weeks. I just sowed my zinnias and cosmos. My last frost just happened I think! Thank you so much for the feature this week. It’s so appreciated.

    1. I’m so happy that was it for frost for you! we’ve still got a ways to go here. And I’m still sowing seeds! I will start my cosmos after the zinnias sprout. I’m so glad we have good gardening weather now! woohoo! xo