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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms

We took advantage of the beautiful weather and spent a long weekend in Vermont.

With Shana and Mackenzie heading back to college soon, it was a great mini-trip to the cabin with the family.

lake view in vt

We hiked, went boating on the lake, did some thrifting, an escape room and enjoyed some meals out.

Sometimes it’s nice to take off from the cooking and cleaning.

So going out to dinner is always a treat!

Stacy Ling on boat in VT

And while we were dining out…

As a blogger, you meet friends and the most interesting people from all over the world.

It’s one of the things I love most about blogging.

While the family and I were out at dinner at one of our new favorite local restaurants, 19th South Main, out of the corner of my eye I recognized someone I knew.

How random is that?

I turned around and to my surprise, there was Andrea from Design Morsels!!!

She is from Texas but was visiting the northeast with her family and happened to be dining in the same restaurant as me at the same time!

Isn’t that so fun?

It was such a hoot to see her and meet her in the real world!

Stacy Ling and friend

In the Garden

We had so many storms in the last several weeks.

Some of my plants took a real beating!

I had to do some extra staking in the cutting garden.

And with all the rain, there has been much to harvest in the vegetable garden.

Cucumber and Squash from the vegetable garden

What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a fun week on the blog!

This week, I shared what’s blooming throughout my gardens today.

It’s so fun to see how much the gardens change month to month, isn’t it?

front yard garden in summer

I always think it looks so full and beautiful and then it grows and blooms a bit differently and it looks like a whole new garden to me.

One of the takeaways that I hope you get from these garden tours are ideas and inspiration for your own gardens.

I realize my gardening zone 6 in August will look different from your gardening zone 7 or zone 5.

But there is some overlap among the zones and its neat to see what you can do in your own garden by touring others.

7 Lessons I Learned From Growing a Flower Patch Garden

In addition to my August garden tour, I shared 7 lessons I learned from growing a cut flower garden.

Since I’m a newbie at growing this type of garden, there are things that I learned from mistakes I made.

They weren’t detrimental mistakes, but I’ll certainly do things a bit differently next year.

Sunflowers in the flower patch

And, I shared two new YouTube videos this week.

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It’s really cool to see the garden in action. I hope you get a chance to check them out.

Earlier in the week, I shared a quiet walk around the front yard gardens. Everything looks so pretty!

If you enjoy the garden tour blogs, hearing the birds and seeing the pretty flowers in action is really peaceful.

YouTube video

In addition to the quiet walkabout, I also shared a closer look at what’s blooming in one of my smaller gardens in the front yard.

The well garden has come a long way since we remodeled our home 15 years ago and had to dig a new well there.

phlox and limelight hydrangea flowers

In this video, we chat about some garden design tips and ways to conceal unsightly equipment with plants and flowers.

We’ll deep dive a little more into this topic over the next few months, but in the meantime, here are some basic tips.

YouTube video

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 I met Andrea from Design Morsels, in person this week, let me introduce you to her.

She’s all about decorating with an affordable budget and offers some great tips and tricks.

I love her DIY painting ideas for beginners.

If you are looking to tackle some painting projects this year, check out this inspo from Andrea.

close up of blue and white bedroom side table and fabric headboard
Photo by Design Morsels

I’m also getting excited for fall, are you? I love my good friend Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse fall decorating tips for the front porch.

farmhouse front porch with sunflower wreaths on wooden double doors
Photo by The Ponds Farmhouse

And here are some more amazing ideas from around the web!

THIS DIY beach decor idea.

THESE summer to fall home decor ideas.

THIS summer canteloupe salad.

THESE tips for a more energy-efficient home.

THESE amazing tips for shopping at a yard sale.

Love THIS tip to get FREE thrifty finds.

THESE picnic basket recipes.

Bricks 'n Blooms Weekly

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Enjoy a beautiful day! xo

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  1. Stacy,
    It so exciting that you got to meet Andrea! Looks like a great time in Vermont! Thanks again for sharing my porch.

  2. I can’t believe you ran into Andrea! That is the best. Great picture of you too. Glad you’ve been having so much fun in Vermont. Thanks for sharing my garden tips Stacy. Have a great week!

  3. Stacy I can’t believe you ran into a fellow blogger in Vermont. That’s so awesome. I’m definitely going to check Andrea out. Thanks for always sharing💯

  4. Stacy, I cannot believe you ran into Andrea. As I was reading your post, I was wondering if Andrea was anywhere near your location in Vermont….however it’s a big state and I thought, “what are the chances”…..and then you see her in a restaurant! What a hoot! How fun. Love all the pictures of your garden…makes me long for the winter and spring when my garden looks like that. Right now it is a pathetic mess. Enjoy the time before your children head off….

    1. Isn’t that so fun and so random that I saw Andrea??? It was really unbelievable! So fun to meet her in person! Thank you Mary! xo