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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms

What a week it was!

We enjoyed a fun Memorial Day Weekend with the family as well as some time on our own.

The earlier part of the weekend we spent in Vermont, opening up the house for the summer season and getting the boat ready for the lake.

Then our family regrouped at home and spent some time by the pool. The weather was hot and beautiful which made for perfect pool days.

In addition to lounging by the pool, we started watching the 4th season of Stranger Things.

Have you seen it yet????

It’s so good!

Tori is going to prom this week as well as wrapping up her junior year of high school.

She is my youngest daughter and I can’t believe she will be graduating high school next year!

close up of superwave petunia latte and coleus

In the Garden

The new cottage garden is growing quickly and filling in beautifully!

The plants are all doing well (except for one iceland poppy that decided to check out on me).

All of my seedlings are growing and doing well. In fact, the snapdragons have some buds on them. Yay!

fuschia peony flowers in the garden

The peonies and roses started blooming on the property so it smells AMAZING here!

I wish you could smell it through the computer screen because the aroma could be bottled up and sold in stores!

It’s particularly pungent while sitting out by the pool.

But that’s not all!

I’ve always wanted to grow ninebark but didn’t have the room for it back in my former garden.

We have a few shrubs here in my new gardens. Here is one of them that is next to a gorgeous arrowwood viburnum.

Seriously I am loving all of the gardens here!

The former homeowners did so much with this property and I find something new that amazes me every day!

ninebark and viburnum flowers in the garden

Do you guys remember the baby rabbits we saved?

Well they are wreaking some havoc in my pool garden.

The dahlias I planted have some nibbles on the early growth, so I need to get some cloches or something to protect them while they are small.

The rabbit ate all of my sunflower and calendula seedlings that I planted in that garden too.

So I guess it’s been well fed. LOL.

And I know it’s a young rabbit, because I’ve seen him among in the plantings in that garden.

As an aside, I knew there was potential for critter damage here so this year is more of an experimental year with the plantings.

While I’m not thrilled with rabbit damage, there are still a lot of plants in the gardens to enjoy, so it is what it is.

close up of backyard garden with tree sculpted bench, rock border, pink rhododendron flowers and green fence.

What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a fun week on the blog!

After enjoying a long holiday weekend, we got back in the garden and started working on ways to make our home’s exterior look better.

I shared 5 budget-friendly ways of landscaping for curb appeal that will improve the exterior of your home and not break the bank.

In addition to learning about curb appeal, I shared some of my best container gardening tips for newbies.

front porch garden close up with hosta and container garden of pansies in resin pot

You don’t have to be an expert gardener or have a ton of gardening space to successfully grow plants and flowers!

Follow these tips for container gardening success!

And while we are on the subject of container gardening, I shared how to choose the right container for your garden.

There are so many options available to plant in and we covered the pros and cons of each.

Finally, I shared an in-depth garden tour of the new cottage garden where we chat about the best plant supports, peonies, roses, and all of the new cottage garden flowers I recently planted.

You can watch the video HERE.

cottage garden in front of green wood picket fence with perennials, pink flowers and concrete planter

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 friends have been equally busy after the holiday weekend and did some cool stuff!

Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill shared the prettiest door basket idea that you can easily do for July 4th!

But swap those flowers out for other seasonal blooms, and you’ve got yourself some unique and beautiful door decor.

wicker basket on a door with red flowers and patriotic ribbon

My good friend Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse shared a cute nautical sign idea for the beach or lake!

It looks amazing above her front porch door too!

shaker siding on house with latitude and longitude sign over front door

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

I’m grabbing a few books from this summer reading list.

I didn’t realize there were so many reasons for having good air quality in your home. Chas shared some great insights as to why we should rethink the air in our home.

This gorgeous blue and white tablescape idea.

This patriotic door basket idea that is perfect for summer.

And these outdoor living style trends.

close up of nepeta walkers low flowers
Nepeta ‘Walkers Low’

Thank you so much for following along.

Enjoy a beautiful day! xo

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  1. Stacy, it must be such fun discovering all the plants transform by season at your new home! Thank you for featuring my summer reading list. Now I just need some down time to read!

  2. You have so many things happening in your garden right now Stacy! And those peonies. Mine have not even bloomed yet. We have had so much rain and cool temps that I don’t think my plants know what time of year it is. So different from last year. Thank you so much for sharing my June gardening post here. I really appreciate you.