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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms

What a week it was!

We had a great time in Vermont Labor Day Weekend.

The weather was beautiful, we got our last licks of summer on the lake, did some hiking, and went thrifting at the outdoor flea market.

I can’t even wait to show you what I bought there too!

I’ll be sharing that post later this week.

bricks n blooms thrifting

In the Garden

Since returning home from Vermont, I’ve been super busy in the gardens cutting things back to prepare for the fall gardening season.

I typically wait until it cools down before cleaning up the gardens, so this week was great here to start working.

Plus the birds have eaten most of the seeds from my coneflowers and bee balm, so it’s time to cut them back now.

Bricks 'n Blooms Weekly Garden shed in September

Do you remember when we cut down those two ash trees due to the ash borer infestation?

Well, it only took two months, but we FINALLY had the stumps removed!

The tree guy who removed the tree just never came back to remove the stumps as he promised.

So I found someone else through a friend and he came within a few days.

And the yard looks better already!

Before the New Side Gardens
Can you believe those huge trees are completely gone? Me neither.

With the trees all cleaned up, I’m starting to prepare these beds for new plantings.

It needs a lot of work though before I can plant anything.

There are so many wood chips left that I can’t use them in the beds because they’ll cook the plants and dry them out.

I’ll leave some, but I need to amend the soil here big-time before I plant anything.

Cut Flower Garden in the Backyard

I hauled some of it out and spread it out behind the garden shed to eventually break down.

Over the next few weeks, the side yard garden where the trees used to be will become new gardens with flowering shrubs, perennials, and spring bulbs.

And because we had to remove large trees, we are going to bring a few maple saplings back from our property in Vermont to grow in the new gardens.

Let’s hope they take!

Backyard Shade Garden

What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a fun week on the blog!

For starters, the gardens are really starting to show signs it is transitioning to fall.

One of my favorite posts to share is a tour of the gardens. While it’s not the same as touring in person, you can get an idea of what to plant to get the same look in your own garden.

CLICK HERE to see how all of my gardens are changing to fall.

You can really see the difference from last month.

How my garden nj is changing for fall

There are SO MANY beautiful dahlia varieties you have to see.

The dahlias are truly the star of the show in the backyard garden now.

Oh and if you want to see more of the front yard cottage garden and learn more about what’s planted so you can get flowers during the summer to fall transition, click on the link below.

YouTube video

On another note, I started thinking about decorating the front entry for fall.

And shared 9 simple fall porch ideas PLUS this gorgeous outdoor planter for autumn with a recipe that does not use mums at all.

Wait until you see how colorful it looks!

9 Simple Fall Porch Decor Ideas

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.

Do you remember those rusty tin cans my good friend Rachel from the Ponds Farmhouse made last week?

Well this is how she’s using them!

CLICK HERE to learn how to make this fall wreath.

wreath with berries, leaves, and distressed tin cans

My good friend Mary from Life at Bella Terra shared a super timely post about KINDNESS.

Cause we need to see more in the world today!

cappuccino with heart foam design

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

THIS 5 minute fall wreath.

THIS gorgeous pampas grass wreath DIY.

Oh YUM! THIS recipe for slow cooker apple butter.

THESE tips for making your flowers AMAZING!

THIS incredible before and after house tour.

And THIS super cool DIY furniture makeover you just have to see!

garden nj with zinnias

Thank you so much for following along.

Enjoy a beautiful day! xo

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  1. Stacy,
    Your garden is amazing. Mine isn’t. LOL. Thank you so much for sharing my wreath this week. I appreciate you so much.

  2. I’m so excited to see what you do with your new garden bed space where your trees used to be Stacy. So fun! I shared Mary’s post about kindness too, it is so needed these days. Thanks for sharing my garden today. You know I always appreciate you.