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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms

What a week it was!

I’ve been super busy working in the gardens all week long. From planting the new cottage garden by the pool to potting up some containers, I’ve been busy!

Shana has been tagging along with me at the nursery and it’s been a lot of fun.

As an aside, I’m really enjoying the pond gardens. I do the weekly maintenance on them and I see something new every time I clean them.

I’ve mentioned the amount of frogs we have living here right?

frog on a rock in the pond garden

Just yesterday I saw the biggest frog I’ve ever seen! I wish I had my phone on me cause I would have photographed him, so instead I got some pics of a few others that were willing to pose for the camera. LOL!

We opened up the pool this week and are waiting for a few repairs on it before it’s usable, but we are on our way!

I also hosted book club here this week with some of my besties and we had a great time. Most haven’t been here since we moved to the new house so it was really fun walking them around and sharing the gardens while catching up!

Home and Garden blogger stacy ling with her book club in the potager garden

My niece Sutton from Off the Clock Crafts came for a visit which was really nice spending time with her and hearing about all the cool things she’s doing with her crochet and farm.

And my oldest daughter Mackenzie graduates from Bucknell University next week. It’s amazing how fast her time there has flown!

Black labrador retriever enjoying the views of the zen garden on a deck

My Dog is Elmer Fudd

And after all that with the bunny last week, would you believe my dog found ANOTHER bunny nest? This one is located in the front yard and the babies are much younger than the other nest she disturbed.

I almost thought I lost my dog because she wasn’t coming back when I called her (which is very unlike her). It was a little scary she wasn’t responding to me.

But I found her AGAIN rooting out some babies from under daffodils behind the foundation shrubs. She was really getting in there so they either burrowed in their hole more or were trying to conceal themselves outside the nest.

One got really far from the nest. She seemed pretty frightened so we grabbed some gloves and gently got her back into the nest with her siblings later in the day when things died down.

They all seem to be doing well and peek their heads out of the nest. (We can check on them from inside the house by one of living room windows.)

I checked on them yesterday and they look like they are much bigger than they were a few days ago!

Hopefully, they’ll get big enough to move out into the bigger world soon so my dogs can come off total supervised visitation with the front yard. They are not thrilled with not being able to freely roam around.

Baby bunny against a house in the mulch

What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a fun week on the blog!

This week, I shared the basics of gardening. Whether you want to grow flowers, herbs, vegetables, or houseplants, this post has you covered from start to finish.

And if you aren’t a beginner but want to dive a little deeper into the world of gardening, I’ve got you covered there too.

Get growing with THESE tips.

spring gardens in the front yard garden with cottage, green picket fence, and daffodils

I’m often asked what to plant in the flower garden, and my response is always, “What kind of garden do you want to grow and how much work do you want to do?”

Choosing the right plants for your lifestyle is key to successfully growing a beautiful flower garden.

Because the plants we choose will dictate how much work we do throughout the growing season.

I just made a few decisions in my own garden about what to plant here in the garden by the front porch.

HERE are some gardening tips that will help you grow the flower garden of your dreams.

Peach Sangria in ball jar blasses on farmhouse kitchen towel

Are you looking for a refreshing beverage that you can make all summer long? I just put this one back in the rotation and it is SO GOOD!

It’s light, refreshing, and aromatic – perfect for a warm summer evening with friends or family. I suggest doubling it because it goes really quick.

Wait until you try THIS amazing recipe for peach sangria!

And finally, I shared some of the things I bought in this week’s Friday Favorites. Wait until you see THESE pretty summer dresses!

Home and garden blogger stacy ling in her potager garden on a warm sunny day
Potager garden with self-watering raised garden beds from gardeners supply in front of green fence by pond with bridge and waterfall

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.

With the arrival of summer and guests staying in our homes, my good friend Mary from Life at Bella Terra shared her amazing tips for hosting guests in her home.

I am working on our guest room as we speak so the timing is perfect for this one.

Guest bedroom in navy with tulips

My good friend Renae from Peacock Ridge Farm shared a beautiful spring garden tour.

Her property is so pretty! I think you’ll love it as much as I do.

Gorgeous spring garden with arbor and picket fence

My good friend Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse did an amazing fix on her patio barstools that you have to see to believe! She saved a ton of money doing this DIY.

patio barstools by the lake

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

THIS pressed flower DIY.

THESE tips for getting up early and getting the most out of your day. I couldn’t agree more with Kristin!

THESE tips for growing foxgloves were so helpful! I just bought some so the timing is perfect!

THESE outdoor decor ideas.

And THESE decorating ideas with things you were about to throw away, but shouldn’t!

1850 farmhouse with front porch and spring flowers including ajuga, ranunculas, with hostas and buckeye tree.

Thank you so much for following along.

Enjoy a beautiful day! xo

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  1. Stacy,
    It looks like such a fun time with your book club. Great photo’s of you. As always, thanks for sharing and supporting my blog. You are the best.

  2. Stacy, oh, my those frogs! Too funny that they are posing for you. Congrats on your daughter’s graduation. A proud moment for sure. I love seeing pictures of your garden and I am still admiring that green fence. Thanks for sharing my post on hosting guests in your home. We had a very full month of guests in May and more arriving this week.

    1. You are welcome Mary I love that Navy room! I might do that here! And thank you – I used to think I wanted to paint that fence white but I am loving the green a lot! Add this to the reasons why it’s important to wait to do things when you first move in to a space! xoxo