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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms

What a week it was!

Shana arrived home safe and sound. It’s been great having her back and spending time with her.

We shopped at the garden nursery together earlier in the week to pick up new plants for both the potager and cottage gardens.

While we were there, I picked up some gorgeous foxgloves and clematis that I was not shopping for but had to bring them home.

Isn’t that pink so pretty?

I thought it would look great on my green garden fence outside the potager garden.

garden nursery trip where I bought foxglove and clematis

Wait until you hear what happened this week!

Grab a cup of coffee or tea because this one is a doozy.

One day early in the evening, I noticed my dog was really focused outside in the backyard, like she was hunting for something.

I noticed something on the ground that looked like a nest all ripped up on the top of the stairs. And I thought it was dropped somehow from a bird or something because there wasn’t anything but debris on the ground.

So I cleaned it up and went about my business.

While I was out there, I noticed a small bunny running towards the gate of the backyard fence. I figured it was trying to avoid my dog who was still outside with me but didn’t think much of it because we had a bunch of other things going on at the same time.

So I went back inside.

Since we don’t have a screen on the dining room doors, I left the door open so the dogs could freely go in and out while I was doing things.

A few minutes later, I was looking for both dogs, but only found Bodie. Koda is usually the first to come running when I call them because she thinks she’s getting a treat and wants to be first.

So I asked Shana to help me find her because she was missing. Which was strange because all the fences were closed and she should have come when I mentioned the word “cookie!”

But she did not come!

So Shana looked around on the second and third floors for her but could not find her. Koda wasn’t answering.

Suddenly, Koda emerges from my bedroom and runs downstairs with something in her mouth.

Shana became visibly upset and started screaming that she has something in her mouth. Then I put two and two together because all I could see were little legs dangling from her mouth.


Chris was nowhere to be found so I started screaming for him, which probably upset the baby bunny even more hearing both Shana and I get upset.

Koda drops the bunny who laid there on the floor in my front entry hall and to be honest, we thought she killed it because it wasn’t moving. It was so upsetting.

My dog is super sweet and to see this was heartbreaking.

And the thing is, she has a very soft mouth when she holds things, so I don’t think she was trying to hurt it, but I’m sure she was trying to love it like she does all of her stuffed toys.


baby bunny


Chris came in and saw that the bunny was still breathing!!!!!

Oh, thank goodness.

We all started calling vets to see what we could do for it because it was not moving but breathing.

Most vets were closed, but I was able to reach on who told me they are difficult to keep alive with a 10% chance of survival.

Not good news, I know.

At this point, it was getting pretty late. She suggested trying to get food for it but stores were closing and we didn’t want to just buy any food that google suggested to feed it (there were so many different opinions on the topic).

So we decided it would be like introducing something different to the baby than what it had been used to eating and that it would be better off outside where hopefully the mother would find it.

We went outside to get the nest that I cleaned up and tried to figure out where it came from. While looking, we found its sibling hiding under the honeysuckle by the back fence gate, so we recreated the nest under there near the sibling.

Hopefully the mother would come back and find her babies together.

So we brought the bunny outside and placed him near the sibling.

After carefully setting it back outside, we kept the dogs out of the backyard.

black lab enjoying the zen garden in spring

The Next Day

In the morning, I went out to check on them. The sibling was gone and the baby bunny Koda had in its mouth was laying on its side in the grass near the pseudo-nest.

Again, I thought it was dead.

I called Chris outside and we determined it was still breathing! So we put it back in the “nest” and hoped the mother would return or that it would be well enough to move around on its own.

Later in the day, we checked on it and noticed the bunny moved more into the nest.

Good sign, right?

I brought it some water and picked some clover and dandelions from the grass hoping maybe it would eat some.

Nightfall arrived and again, prayed the mother would return for it. It was a rainy night so I was worried about the baby all night long.

When morning arrived, I went outside and you guys, the bunny was gone!!!!

We looked all over the yard and have not seen him since.

After a few days, we let the dogs back out again and it is truly gone.

Cause trust me, my dog has been looking for it.

So after all that, I believe we saved the bunny!!!!

backyard zen garden is blooming

What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a fun week on the blog!

We focused on outdoor living this week where I shared 37 ideas to design a backyard oasis that you’ll never want to leave.

Not to mention, the 7 mistakes I made when designing our outdoor living spaces and how you can avoid them.

Since moving to our new home, we are really enjoying the ponds and sounds of running water. But you don’t have to have a pond to enjoy the same!

I shared 27 soothing water features for the yard that can accommodate any space or budget.

37 Backyard Living Space Ideas

With spring gardening season here, lots of you have been asking about what to plant in the shade that blooms.

And you guys there are so many options out there to brighten up shadier spots!

HERE are 10 easy-care shade-loving plants that bloom.

Spring Flowers like lenten rose, virginia bluebells and bleeding hearts 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 Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse shared some great tips for how to decorate open shelves.

I love how pretty her shelves look, don’t you?

farmhouse kitchen open shelves with plates

My good friend Jen from Midwest Life and Style shared these no bake cheesecake desserts for our tea party last week and they are SO good!

Have you made them yet?

If not you should!

no bake lemon berry cheesecake cups

And my good friend Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill shared her best tips for styling a bookcase.

With all my library shelves, I needed this inspo to get moving on them!

wood and metal bookshelf and decor

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

I love THESE lighting ideas.

THIS doorscape idea.

THIS recipe for Mother’s Day.

THIS lamp DIY.

THESE Mother’s Day table setting and gift ideas.

And THIS yummy Margarita drink that is perfect for summer!

spring gardens in the front yard

Thank you so much for following along.

Enjoy a beautiful day! xo

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  1. I am dying!! A bunny in the house!!!! That Koda is a sly one sneaking it in the house!!

    1. She is! I can’t believe she would do that!! And now she won’t let it go – she’s going to find another one. Ugh.

  2. Stacy
    Wow it’s a miracle that bunny lived. So glad you were able to save it. Thanks for sharing my shelves!

  3. Stacy, what a story! It is always heartbreaking to find an injured animal in your home! Yikes, glad there was a good ending! Happy Mother’s Day!

  4. I hope the little bunny lived. It’s heart wrenching when dogs find little babies. We stumbled on some baby bunnies will racking a few weeks back. I worried for days about the Mama finding them.

    You have lots of great things to read. I will have to check a few of the posts out.

    1. We are hoping so too! We thought it was a good sign it left – it was in a protected spot and seemed to be moving around in there. So we are going with it.THanks Tammy! Hope you had a lovely mother’s day!