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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was another gorgeous week here in New Jersey!

I don’t think it rained at all!

And it is much hotter out than I’d like, but it’s all good.

Because it is spring and the flowers are starting to bloom.

corrugated metal raised vegetable garden beds

New Jersey weather can be a little extreme at times.

So I’m not surprised we went from winter to summer in about a week. LOL!

To cool things off the last few days, I’ve been outside watering the plants and seedlings to keep them hydrated.

Most of my gardens are native and do fine without much attention from me, but this year’s seedlings and annuals need some care to help them get established in this heat.

And the gardens are looking so gorgeous!

Front Yard Cottage Garden

They are stuffed with lots of seedlings now.

I grew so many, that I ran out of room in the new cutting garden.

So I’ve been tucking them in all over the yard in almost every garden.

I’m hoping the critters leave most of them alone.

Reblooming lilac in full bloom
My reblooming lilac is in full bloom and smells amazing! Gah!

We’ll see.

My perennials are starting to bloom too.

I was walking the gardens last night and was in awe of these beautiful bearded irises. The sunset was hitting them just right.

Bearded Iris and Allium in the Cottage Garden

My new copper window boxes from H Potter are starting to fill in too. When the plants establish themselves they’ll mix and weave among each other.

On Thursday, we went to lunch at my favorite tea shop here in town with my in-laws and my family.

It was so fun!

How to Plant Flowers in Window Boxes

And the attic is really coming along!

The trim is up and it was painted.

So now we are waiting on electrical to finish it up and install carpeting.

And then the fun part…decorating!

Hanging with the Girls at Sunset

It’s been so nice out that we’ve been spending a lot of time outside on the decks.

I am so glad I bought this outdoor furniture because we are really enjoying the lower deck now!

My neighbor took one of her trees down as a result of the emerald ash borer and her loss is our gain because now we get these glorious sunsets every night.

backyard living on the lower deck at sunset

What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

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

For starters, I went thrifting with my blogging besties this week on the blog.

I found some cool stuff for the garden, so I shared some fun ways to use vintage finds in the borders as well as inside my home.

How to Plant Flowers in a Window Box Planter

It’s really amazing how different thrifting and shopping for vintage items differs around the country.

Wait until you see what we found this month!

I also shared common mistakes to avoid when designing a backyard living space.

After years of making these mistakes, it took me years to perfect our spaces enough to really enjoy them.

Planting flowers in the window boxes

And if you recall, I planted my antique copper window boxes last week.

So many of you wanted to know what plants I used, so I shared the container recipe and some tips about window box care.

In addition to sharing the blog about these planters, you can learn how to plant these gorgeous window boxes on YouTube.

YouTube video

I also guested on the Life and Style Podcast this week with my good friend Caylie Lane.

I’ve never done a podcast before so it was such a great experience. We chatted about gardening, DIY, and lots of blogging stuff.

I’ll let you guys know when it posts, but in the meantime, you can check out Caylie’s podcast HERE.

How to Plant Flowers in a Window Box Planter

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.

Since so many of us are preparing for graduation, my good friends Anne and Ann Marie from Simply 2 Moms shared some GREAT ideas for graduation.

graduation party decor: photos and signs displayed in metal buckets

And my good friend Rachel from the Ponds Farmhouse built these amazing raised beds that I think you’ll love!

Isn’t it adorable!

I can’t wait to watch her garden grow.

metal headboard and footboard as garden decor

And here’s some more inspiration that I’m loving today!

These gorgeous lilacs!

These vintage garden finds.

This sauerkraut recipe.

I’m totally doing this DIY to my dresser. I love it.

This vintage farmhouse tour.

This DIY obelisk.

When Kristin was a vendor at her favorite vintage market.

And this new garden.

lilac in the backyard

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  1. Love all your gorgeous gardens and your firepit seating area looks so relaxing. Thanks for including our graduation ideas in your post this week! Anne is busy crafting and getting everything ready for her girls’ big day this weekend.

  2. I’m so glad that the weather has been so nice for you Stacy. Everything looks so amazing! I’m listening to you right now on the podcast. Loving it. Thank you for the feature, my friend.