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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms

What a week it was!

I have been working in the gardens all week long!

It started with a visit to the local garden nursery and then I planted some pots to brighten up the landscape while the beds fill in.

early spring container garden

In addition to planting pots, I started working on the new cottage garden.

I picked up some salvias, geraniums, phlox, and columbines so far.

But, I also sowed about 500 zinnia seeds, and most if not all germinated so I need to leave room for those.

Koda sunning on the back porch

The snapdragons and larkspur I sowed weeks ago are doing really well and are now residing outdoors on my back porch.

I’ll be hardening them off after Easter and then planting them shortly after if the weather looks decent.

These annuals can take the cold a little better than others so I’m going to get them in the ground first before the others.

daffodils in the front yard garden

Oh and the sweet peas that I winter sowed, all germinated! They actually did better than the ones I started indoors, so I will be winter sowing all of them next year.

I also just moved some of my houseplants outside to the back porch.

I’ll keep my eye on the weather in case it gets too cold for them, but they will benefit from fresh air after being cooped up all winter.

Stacy LIng, Christopher Ling and daughter

My oldest daughter Mackenzie came home for the weekend so we’ve been spending some quality time with her.

She has not seen our house since January before we did all of these renovations, so it was like a whole new house to her all over again.

I’m hosting Easter today, so I’ve been feverishly preparing for it all week.

And I had an Easter bunny fail – OMG, I bought chocolate bunnies before getting my hair done earlier in the week and a few of them totally melted in my car while I was in there.

I should have known better but ah well, it happens.

early spring at my vintage farmhouse

What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a fun week on the blog!

We chatted about my new favorite perennial this week.

I did not plant these back in my former garden and am truly enjoying them.

If you are looking for an easy-care perennial that blooms early and long, AND is deer resistant? This one is for you.

lenten rose hellebores

I also shared how to prune hydrangeas, ornamental shrubs, and other woody plants in the landscape.

Proper pruning is essential to plant health, aesthetics, and growth control.

When done wrong, you could even lose some blooms.

CLICK HERE to learn more.

bricks 'n blooms weekly
This hydrangea paniculata was not pruned properly – that’s why it looks like it has a buzz cut.

My biggest accomplishment this week was wrapping up the front entry hall makeover project.

Did you catch the after yet?

What a difference!!! CLICK HERE to see how this room transformed.

front entry hall makeover project

And finally, I shared what I’m shopping for in this week’s Friday Favorites.

We already got the outdoor furniture set that I talked about and we LOVE IT!

CLICK HERE to learn more.

Friday favorites new roses for the garden

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.

By far, my favorite DIY is this lamp makeover by my good friend Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse.

She decoupaged a thrift store find and it turned out amazing! I’m totally doing this one.

bedside table decor

But I’m also LOVING my good friend Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hills paper mache bowl DIY!

It’s perfect for my plants!!!

stone planter with greenery

And my good friend Kim from Shiplap and Shells shared a beautiful greenhouse and garden tour that you’ve got to see!

Her garden is filling in beautifully this year.

Love it all!!!

yellow tulips in cut flower garden

Thank you so much for following along.

Enjoy a beautiful day! xo

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  1. Stacy,
    I certainly loved how your front entry turned out. I’m sure you are enjoying the fresh new look. Thanks so much for sharing my lamp makeover! It was a fun project.

  2. Stacy, you have the most beautiful inlaid floors and painting the room white, really highlights them now. How fun to be planting in your gorgeous gardening space. I am definitely going to try Rachel’s decoupage lamp DIY and I love that paper mache bowl! I hope you had a wonderful Easter!

  3. I love all of the updates you’ve made so far, Stacy. It’s amazing what a little paint can do to really transform a space. Glad your daughter was able to come home for the weekend. I hope you had a happy Easter!

  4. I love how your entry turned out Stacy. Paint can make all the difference in the world. Thank you so much for my blog post this week.