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Tulips in my cottage garden
The tulips are starting to fade.

Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a gorgeous week here in New Jersey!

My brother-in-law visited us for a few days.

It was so nice to see and spend some time with him this week.

Black lab in the backyard garden
My sweet pup hanging out with us in the backyard after a long day working in the gardens.

All of my girls are home from school and back under one roof.

I love seeing them hang out and hear the laughter again.

With my kids all home, my daughter, Shana, has been helping out in the gardens this week.

Nursery Trip

She went shopping with me for annuals the other day.

And we had such a good time.

Every year, I love purchasing a new plant that I haven’t work with before.


This year’s contender?


Have you ever grown it before?

We both fell in love with it at the nursery.

So we had to get it.

Raised Bed Garden

While we were shopping I picked up some veggies and annuals so I could start planting.

So far, I only planted a few things that I could easily cover or move around should we get a frost.

We have not reached our last frost date here yet, so it is important to watch the weather like a hawk!

Cottage Garden in spring

And speaking of the backyard gardens, I planted my snapdragons, iceland poppies and dahlias in the new cutting garden outside the garden shed.

It’s going to look so good!!!

I have so many flowers to plant that I started indoors, so I need to get started and hope we don’t get a frost.

Or I’ll be covering a lot.

I’ve got another group of plants almost completely hardened off and will start the last set today so I can start planting them soon.

Attic Renovation
Here’s a little sneak peak of the attic that will eventually be my office.

Switching gears to some other projects we have going on, the attic renovation is really coming along too!

We passed all the inspections, the skylights were installed and the sheetrock is up!

It is looking so good, isn’t it?

I love it and can’t wait to use it!

Attic Renovation

One of the challenges of renovating the attic is getting building supplies up 2 flights of stairs.

The contractors have been bringing them in through the attic window.

And this week, they had a huge truck here in my driveway to crane up the sheetrock.

Attic Renovation

Yesterday the spackle contractor came to start spackling everything.

It’s pretty dusty up there, so I’ll update you on the space next week.

But hopefully we’ll start painting the following week.


Frontyard Cottage Garden in spring

What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a busy week for the blog. We did lots of fun things here this week.

The biggest project we’ve been working on is the backyard!

Garden Shed Makeover

Chris installed the picket fence last weekend and I hauled about 3500lbs of stone.

It was a lot of work but the backyard gardens are looking pretty beautiful.

With the amount of work we have done back there, I shared the before and after garden shed makeover.

Wait until you see what it looked like before!

What a difference!

Before and After Garden Shed Makeover

In addition to the shed garden, I also shared an early spring garden tour to show you how beautiful it all looks now.

I love sharing my gardens so you can get ideas of what to plant for next year as well as to look back and see how I will tweak things for next year.

My Early Spring in the Garden Tour

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.

Speaking of visiting the nursery, I really enjoyed Ann from Dabbling and Decorating’s trip to a nursery in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Bricks 'n Blooms Weekly with Dabbling and Decorating
Photo by Dabbling and Decorating

With my total garden shed makeover, I’m interested in making a living wreath for the front door.

I love Jennifer from Midwest Life and Style’s DIY front door wreath idea. It looks so pretty doesn’t it?

Bricks 'n Blooms weekly
Photo by Midwest Life and Style

Is farmhouse going out of style? I love my good friend KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms take on where we are with this decorating style.

Thistlewood Farms
Photo by Thistlewood Farms

And here’s more I’m enjoying from around the web.

Learn how to divide dahlia tubers in spring here.

This DIY project using organic elements.

This DIY tote bag is the cutest!

This New England front porch.

This DIY flower idea is so pretty!

These entryway ideas.

This amazing dessert recipe.

These wall covering ideas for rentals.

This living room refresh.

Early Spring in the Garden

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  1. Stacy, I’m loving how your office is coming along. You are certainly keeping busy both inside and out. Love it. Thanks for share my project.
    Happy Mother’s Day.

  2. I FINALLY got to read your blog post. I always look forward to this each Sunday. As you know, it has been a crazy couple of weeks in the garden. Love that your daughter got to join in on the gardening fun. Your attic space is looking amazing Stacy! It’s going to be so fun following along. Thank you for sharing my blog post.

    1. With you in the garden but on the east coast! The weather has been so amazing here that getting the gardens planted is my number one priority too! I can’t wait to see how yours grows this year. It’s looking so beautiful so far! xoxo