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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms

What a week it was!

In the Garden

We mulched all of the beds here.

It only took 64 yards to do it, but it’s done. And no I did not do it myself.

I used to do all of our mulch at our former home which amounted to 15 yards.

Given the size of this property, we farmed it out so it would get done quicker.

Spreading 15 yards used to take me about a week!

spring front yard

The gardens are looking AMAZING right now with the trees, bulbs, and perennials all blooming.

I’m discovering so many new-to-me plants that I’ve not worked with before, so it’s exciting to identify what they are and learn a little bit about them.

Later this week, I’ll be sharing more about them, but you can see it all in real-time in my latest garden tour on YouTube.

And wait until you see the tulips!!!!

tulips in the front yard at my 1850 farmhouse

Aren’t they gorgeous?

I highly recommend planting these peony-like blooming tulips, although I’m hearing they don’t return so well every year.

So I guess I should plant more in this spot in the fall just in case!

potager garden

We spent the day yesterday setting up the potager garden.

Last weekend, we took down the old basketball hoop and set up my raised garden beds so I can grow some vegetables, herbs, and of course, more flowers.

It’s looking good so far! I can’t wait to plant it up later this week.

In addition to the potager garden, I started planting my snapdragons, larkspur, sweet peas, and cup and saucer vine.

I can’t wait to see all of the flowers bloom! If spring is any indication on what’s to come, it is going to be just beautiful here.

tulip angelica

Family Life

We are pretty excited for Shana to come home this weekend for the summer from Ohio State.

She wrapped up her exams on Friday and is heading home today!

I know she’s excited to come as well so she can see all the changes that have been happening here at the new house.

When we moved in, both she and Mackenzie were here for such a short time, so things have really changed here since they left.

terracotta planter with flowers in beautiful flower garden

Chris and I went thrifting again yesterday and picked up a beautiful piece for the front entry hall.

Remember when I said I was looking for a storage piece to hold some extra dinnerware?

Well, we found one!

I’ll eventually refinish it, but it’s beautiful!

my new thrifted find - a buffet for the front entry hall

What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a fun week on the blog!

We covered a lot of ground this week.

It was the most fun time of the month where my virtual supper club and I get together with a specific theme, decorate our tables, and share a delicious menu with some entertaining ideas.

This month, we threw a beautiful tea party and everyone’s tables looked so gorgeous!

afternoon tea with bricks 'n blooms

You can check out all of the tea party inspiration HERE.

Want to get a closer look at the table? Watch it in real time HERE in this highlight video.

And the menu was no exception! Wait until you try THESE dishes.

I was in charge of one of the light bite sandwiches.

Stacy serving tea at afternoon tea party
afternoon tea party for mother's day brunch

This dish is a great way to use leftovers, is super easy to make, and perfect for a summer meal.

CLICK HERE for the recipe.

We also chatted about how to make a gallery wall with vintage botanical prints after I updated mine so it would coordinate better with our new home.

I downloaded these prints from Etsy and this is a super quick and easy DIY to do if you have some frames laying around that you aren’t using anymore.

front entry hall makeover project

But we also chatted about some garden things too!

I shared the EASIEST way to propagate one of my favorite easy-care houseplants.

Learn how to get more plants for FREE with THESE tips.

We also chatted about what to plant to keep the mosquitos at bay this summer so you can enjoy those summer nights out on the patio.

My black lab by the crabapple trees

Plant THESE in the ground or make a container garden that you can easily move around to your outdoor living spaces to help keep the mosquitos away.

Since the gardens looks SO GORGEOUS right now, I shared a full garden tour in my latest YouTube video and let me tell you, it looks like a park here!

Wait until you see how beautiful it all looks HERE.

tulips that bloom like peonies

I also have two bits of exciting news.

For starters, I was featured in the Bridgewater and Somerset Hills Lifestyle magazine this month.

It was a great experience and I enjoyed working with them.

stacy ling in the news

And finally, I was another podcast this week!

My good friend Lynn from Living Large in a Small Home and I chatted about our new home and all things plants and flowers.

You can listen to it HERE.

Koda in the zen 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.

My good friend Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill stripped this coffee table with oven cleaner and it looks amazing!

Wait until you see how easy this was to do!

wooden coffee table vignette

My good friend Kim from Shiplap and Shells shared what she’s doing in the garden for May to make it look amazing all season long.

Wait until you see how pretty her garden looks too!


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

THESE gorgeous spring centerpiece ideas.

THIS french country spring tablescape.

I LOVE THIS idea for a DIY frame.

THIS DIY to create a stoneware look.

Thank you so much for following along.

Enjoy a beautiful day! xo

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  1. The grounds are so lovely and yes they look like a park. I am so inlove with the green fencing. You are so fortunate the former owners did so many wonderful things with the landscape. Of course now you have the tremendous job of keeping it up and adding your own special touches. Every time I look at the pictures I feel such a sense of serenity.

  2. What prompted you to purchase a larger home and property when your children are out of the house?

    1. Hi Nancy, My kids are not out of the house yet. My youngest is still in school and planning to stay local for college. Our former home’s layout was not working with our needs anymore.

  3. Stacy you have been busy! I bet you are so excited to have Shana home. Hudson comes home in a little over a week and we are so excited too! Thanks for sharing my pool noodles art and congrats on the magazine feature! Thankful for you my friend.

  4. 64 yards of mulch!!! Yes, outsource that job or else we wouldn’t hear from you again until July!!
    I 1000% agree with what you said in your YouTube video that your yard it’s like visiting a park, just so lovely!!

    1. Yes can you believe it was that much! It needed a lot! And thank you – it feels like we are on vacation here!

  5. Wow Stacy,
    Congratulations on your magazine article. I must have missed that somehow. I loved your podcast interview and your gardens are looking amazing. Have a great week.

  6. That’s an awful lot of mulch Stacy! Congratulations on your magazine article. You look great in it! So glad you were able to have Shana home. Thank you for the feature sweet friend.