I hope you had a great week!
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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms
What a week it was!
It was SO HOT here in New Jersey.
I wish were on the lake this week because the weather was sunny and beautiful.
But we weren’t.
We had some obligations at home.
And my girls are getting ready to go back to college next week.
To get some last minute fun time in together, the girls and I headed to New Hope, PA for lunch and shopping.
When we arrived, the girls and I found this pretty restaurant on the water called the Landing Restaurant, so we decided to eat lunch there.
Although we went on probably the hottest day of the summer, the air was cool by the water.
The food and the ambiance were incredible.
If you ever visit New Hope, PA, check this one out.
In addition to lunching, we did a little shopping while we were there too.
We found some cute shops that sold some cool vintage clothes and memorabilia as well as clothing, accessories and home decor.
If it wasn’t such a hot day, we would’ve spent a little more time kicking around, but the heat wave we are having in our area was just too much.
It was a fun day spent with the girls and I’m glad we got to go!
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In the Garden
Because it was so hot outside all week, I didn’t do too much in the gardens.
Or even outside for that matter!
With the exception of cutting flowers and fixing a few garden stakes.
We’ve had some heavy rains with the heatwave and it toppled some of my plants over.
There was ANOTHER groundhog sighting! Ugh!
This guy was fat and huge.
Will it ever end? #savethedahlias
Speaking of the dahlias, they are starting to bloom!
And so is my Summerific Hibiscus by Proven Winners.
What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms
It was a fun week on the blog!
How are your gardens doing with critters this season? I was getting a lot of questions about deer browsing.
I shared a video on YouTube with my BEST deer repellent strategy and shared some tips for designing a deer-proof garden.
You can watch the video HERE.
After sharing this video, so many of you wanted to know whether hydrangeas are deer resistant.
And the answer may surprise you.
You can read all about it HERE.
And finally, while I know it doesn’t feel like fall is on the way, it is!
I haven’t started decorating yet, but I’m thinking about the color palette I want to use this year.
Choose a color palette for fall decor with THESE tips.
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 shared a super cool Anthropologie dupe that you’ve got to check out.
My good friend Mary from Life at Bella Terra is canning tomatoes and sharing her recipe for tomato sauce.
And here is some more inspiration you’ve got to see!
HERE are the best herbs to grow.
Get ready for fall with THIS healthy pumpkin spice latte recipe.
THESE DIY painting techniques.
THESE summer home improvement ideas.
THESE tips for harvesting seeds.
THESE tips for value-added home upgrades without a remodel.
And THESE tips for building a wood accent wall on a budget.
Thank you so much for following along.
Enjoy a beautiful day! xo