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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms
It’s been a rainy week here in New Jersey since returning home from Vermont.
The garden had a few casualties while I was away did you hear?
My resident groundhog went to town on my sweet potato vines, but even worse, the dahlias planted in my backyard cutting garden.
I am so upset with amount of dahlia damage he did and hope they bounce back!
The last few weeks, I’ve tried so many different repellent strategies with this groundhog but nothing worked.
In the past, I’ve lived with the damage he’s done, but if you knew the amount of time, energy, and money spent on the new cutting garden outside the garden shed, you’d agree he has to go.
So I got serious about trapping him with our havahart trap.
Now I want to say, that I don’t take this lightly.
I am NOT a fan of trapping and relocating.
However, weighing out the damage done plus the rest of the damage he can still do, we had to.
So I set the trap and caught him by the following morning.
We said our goodbyes and I’m hoping he won’t return.
But you know what?
If he doesn’t return, I’m sure another will move in.
Apparently, my under the shed accommodations are really good!
And we offer great meals, so…I’m sure I won’t see the last of groundhogs.
But at least temporarily, I’m in the clear and my plants have a chance to bounce back.
My Favorite New Local Restaurant
On another note, Chris and I decided to dine in Morristown, NJ the other night after dropping Shana and her friend at the train station so they could go to NYC for the weekend.
We dined at Chef Fredy’s Table and if you are in the area and have not been there yet, RUN do not walk, to enjoy a meal there.
I may have had the best salad I’ve ever had in my life and the food is just incredible.
Cutting Flowers in the Shed Garden
I’ve been spending lots of quality time in the cutting garden between the rain drops.
It amazes me everyday that I grew this entire garden from seed in my basement.
I love coming out here to cut flowers and enjoy them indoors.
Here is my latest Tik Tok showing the process.
Isn’t that so cool?
What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms
It was a fun week on the blog!
We covered lots of ground with the gardens.
I shared a beautiful tour of my gardens. Everything looks so gorgeous and lush right now!
The gardens are transitioning from spring to summer blooms.
It’s so neat to see how much the hues change from season to season too.
In spring, the colors are cool and relaxing; but summer provides lots of hot and spicy colors.
I just love watching the changes evolve and hope you enjoy the tour.
In addition to my garden tour, I shared how to grow cucumbers in the home vegetable garden.
They are super easy to grow and with a little help from the home gardener, plants will be healthy, beautiful and productive.
CLICK HERE to see what you need to do to grow an amazing harvest this year!
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 good friend Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill does the most beautiful DIYs and has amazing ideas.
How pretty is this flower pot wreath idea?
My good friends Anne and AnnMarie from Simply 2 Moms created this AWESOME list of 21 Essential Tips to Prepare for College Move-In Day.
Having 2 kids in college in now, these tips are really helpful for sending them off to school.
With my focus on vegetable gardening right now, I love this recipe from Leslie at Feet Under My Table.
It’s a great way to use your zucchini harvest!
And here is some more inspiration you’ve got to see!
THIS method to freezing blueberries and a yummy recipe to go with it.
THESE chacuterie board ideas.
THIS backyard fire pit idea.
I can’t wait to follow along with the progress of THIS patio redesign!
THESE DIY personalized beach bags.
THESE tips for refinishing outdoor furniture.
THIS gluten free recipe using fresh cherries.
I adore THIS tablescape idea for summer!
And THIS elegant tablescape too!
THESE ways to keep your garden from scorching in extreme heat are GREAT tips.
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