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I hope you had a great week!

Can you believe we are at the tail end of July?

The summer is flying by!

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What a week it was!

Family Life

Since we were in Vermont last weekend, I feel like it was a shorter week than it was.

Bricks 'n Blooms Weekly
After Tori’s swim meet, we had ice cream sundaes for dinner.

We celebrated Tori’s 16th birthday this week.

I can’t believe my youngest will be getting her driver’s permit soon!

Time really does fly.

We also wrapped up the summer swim season yesterday.

Tori had a great season and I’m so glad they were able to do in-person swim meets.

Tori Ling
Tori swimming fly (red cap).

On another note, Chris and I visited a new-to-us restaurant in Morristown Friday night after dropping Shana off at the train station.

The Fig and Lily Garden was totally amazing!

The ambiance was really cool and the food was super fresh and delicious.

If you live in the area and have never been, go check it out!

Homegrown Tomatoes

And today, we are hoping to finish up the basement fireplace!

It’s looking really good, but it is taking a lot of time because of all the cuts that need to be made on the corners.

I can’t wait to show it to you!

Chris Ling updating basement fireplace

In the Garden

Do you remember that groundhog I relocated a few weeks ago?

Well, another one moved in!!!


I swear, it’s a groundhog hotel under my shed!

She ate the dahlias on the far side of my garden too.

Closing Down the Groundhog Hotel

So yesterday, Chris took our leftover chicken wire and stapled it to the bottom of the shed, and dug it into the ground.

I’m hoping that by making it more difficult to get out of the den in my garden, these groundhogs will find their meals elsewhere.

The rest of my backyard is fenced in with chicken wire, so unless they dig a new entrance in, this could (fingers crossed) thwart the groundhog.

In the meantime, I’m trying to trap her too but she has not taken the bait! #savethedahlias

Backyard Cottage Garden

What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a fun week on the blog!

Since we’ve been traveling a lot, I slowed things down a little this week and took a little more time to relax and just be present here at home and in my garden.

Sunflower 'Panache'

With all the talk about starting a garden and choosing the right plants for you, we talked about the do’s and don’ts of gardening, as well as how to be successful in the garden.

Whether you are a new or experienced gardener, it’s so important to avoid these common mistakes!

15 Mistakes New Gardeners Should Avoid

And let’s face it.

We all do them.

Including me!

Sunrise in the baciyard gardens

I know it’s still summer, but I’m already thinking about Christmas!

Not that I’m wishing my summer or gardening season away, but I made a promise to myself to enjoy the holiday season more by getting some things out of the way over the next few months.

Easy things that I want to do every year but hold off doing because I tell myself it’s too early and then suddenly, it’s too late!

Do you do that too?

HERE are some ways to alleviate the holiday stress this season.

Black lab in backyard garden

And finally, I shared my latest YouTube Video.

Listen to the peaceful sounds of the garden sounds as we peacefully stroll the beds at sunrise.

YouTube video

And if you can, please like this video and subscribe to my channel.

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.

Now that I’m cutting flowers everyday from my backyard garden, I love this easy DIY from The Painted Hinge.

The Painted Hinge
Photo by the Painted Hinge

With my recent trips to the cool antique shops in Vermont, I’m loving my friend Coco from The Crowned Goat’s architectural salvage decorating ideas.

outdoor metal garden table with terracotta plants and topiary
Photo by The Crowned Goat

And with my summer vegetables almost ready to harvest, I love Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse’s recipe using cucumbers from the garden.

The ponds farmhouse
Photo by The Ponds Farmhouse

And here is some more inspiration you’ve got to see!

Wait until you see THIS vintage glassware.

THIS cookie recipe sounds like heaven!

I love THIS living room update.

Beyond proud of my good friends Anne and AnnMarie for doing such an incredible job at the Haven Conference sharing THESE blogging tips.

Love THESE backyard finds.

THIS yummy recipe for ice cream cupcakes.

And THIS rustic build in barbeque. What a cool idea!

Cottage Garden by the Shed

Thank you so much for following along.

Enjoy a beautiful day! xo

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  1. Stacy,
    Sounds like you had a great week except for the groundhog! Thanks so much for sharing my recipe! You are so sweet and supportive!

    1. Morristown has some great restaurants.

      UGH groundhogs are the worst. They have no mercy. When they find something they love it’s a challenge.

      Good luck trying to stop the problem.

      1. Cindy I just want them to leave the dahlias alone. I’m pretty ok if they eat other stuff but now it’s all about saving the dahlias. xoxo