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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms

What a week it was!

And that’s a wrap on the school year!

Tori had her last day of junior year and went to prom with her boyfriend.

We hosted a pre-prom party and took some gorgeous photos of them with their friends before jetting off to prom.

They had a wonderful time and camped here at the house afterward.

Stacy Ling's daughter going to junior prom in her backyard garden with lots of superwave bubblegum pink petunias.

To prepare for the pre-prom party (that I wanted to host outside in the potager garden), I planted some more containers.

When I was done, I hauled them all down to the potager garden.

A few hours later, I grabbed a table to and started setting up for the party.

And then it rained like an hour before guests arrived.

Home and Garden blogger stacy ling with christopher ling and daughter before junior prom

So I moved everything indoors and opened the doors to the front and back porches so guests could easily move about.

The rain stopped.

And then started again.

Then stopped again.

It was that kind of night!

Luckily we were able to get outside between the raindrops and take some great photos in the zen and pond gardens.

View of the potager garden with raised garden beds filled with fresh vegetables, green fence and tree sculpture.

In the Garden

There are still so many beautiful plants popping up that I’ve not grown before.

It is so much fun to see what’s here and identify plants and flowers that I’m not familiar with growing.

Some flowers I know a lot about, and others, not so much.

I’ll have to share them all in my next garden tour but here’s a few that I’ve discovered growing recently.

close up of mountain laurel flowers
Mountain Laurel

Like this mountain laurel.

I always wanted to plant one but did not have enough shade to grow them.

I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the flowers in the backyard garden this week.

Aren’t they so pretty?

close up of roses in the pool garden

I wish you could see how truly beautiful all of the roses are here.

There are a few varieties in the pool garden that I admire all day long relaxing by the pool!

The scent is heavenly and I’ve decided to grow a lot more roses in this garden over time.

It gets full sun all day long and gets watered by the irrigation system.

Plus, this girl needs more roses in her life after seeing these grow along the green picket fence.

close up of roses in the pool garden
close up of peonies and roses in the cottage garden

And We Did a Little Thing

We have two ponds that have lots of frogs, but no fish.

So we picked up some koi and shubunkin goldfish yesterday to begin stocking the ponds!

It was so fun to pick them out too.

We chose 5 koi fish and named them after each member of our family – Chris (Dad), Stacy (Mom), Mackenzie, Shana, and Tori.

For now, we started them in the smaller pond because they are not that big.

But eventually, they’ll get too large and will need to relocate a few to other pond in the front yard.

footbridge over koi pond in park like setting in New Jersey

And since the front yard pond has no fish yet, we chose some Shubunkin goldfish to start adding some interest.

And we love them!

They are big, bright, and beautiful. It’s fun to look for them in the pond to see where they are.

Since the bigger pond is more exposed to predators, we picked up a heron decoy and may run some netting or lines over the top to help protect the fish.

Let’s hope they survive out there.

It was a fun weekend bringing them home and we are really enjoying them.

koi fish in the small pond in the zen garden

What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a fun week on the blog!

Are you ready for some porch sitting this summer?

Because I shared 9 creative front porch ideas for summer that included some of my favorite bloggers, their amazing homes and creative ideas for this outdoor living space.

close up of front porch on 1850 farmhouse with beautiful front yard garden with buckeye tree, baptisia, pathway, arrowwood vibernum and hostas with container garden of pansies.

And while we’re hanging out on the porch this summer, we’ve got to grab a nice cold glass of refreshing strawberry lemonade!

Am I right?

In addition to chatting about spending time on the porch, we also talked about weed control.

Weeds are a big problem in every garden.

So I shared 5 easy ways to manage weeds, as well as a simple recipe for a homemade weed killer that works.

But be careful because it is non-selective and will kill other plants and vegetation around it too.

And this week on YouTube, I shared a video of the planters I potted up for Tori’s pre-prom party HERE.

close up of planter in the zen garden with licorice plant, calibrocha, bacopa, pink geraniums, lemongrass, euphorbia and coleus.

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.

One of my Instagram besties just kicked off her blog today and I’m super proud that she finally took the leap.

Molly lives on the coast of Maine, has two adorable pups and shares all things about life in New England.

Her home is beyond gorgeous and I know you’ll love her as much as I do if you don’t know her already. So be sure to stop by and check out Molly in Maine today!

cozy home on the coast of maine by molly in maine

My good friend Rachel from the Ponds Farmhouse shared a beautiful post about how to use galvanized planters in your landscape.

With all the container gardening I’ve been doing these days, I really enjoyed reading this one!

Galvanized buckets and pots are great vintage planters for the garden or outdoor living space. I love the texture and interest it adds, so wait until you see how pretty they look in her garden.

galvanized metal buckets with pink and purple flowers

My good friend Michelle from Thistle Key Lane shared her beautiful summer porch decor with ivy wreath.

I love the simplicity of the container designs with her gorgeous black doors. The pink with green are truly beautiful.

And I’m a huge fan of caladiums too.

beautiful black metal double front doors with wreaths, ferns, and pink flowers

I love how my good friend Kim from Shiplap and Shells uses galvanized buckets in her pretty cottage by the sea.

As you probably already know Kim has a flare with flowers and they look spectacular in her vintage galvanized containers.

Wait until you see them sprinkled throughout her home.

blue kitchen with aqua hutch

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

I am loving this beautiful summer home tour that is lakeside in cabin.

These simple backyard entertaining ideas.

These DIY tomato cages.

I’m loving these beautiful vintage baskets for decor.

These tips for setting a beautiful 4th of July table.

And these galvanized vintage bucket ideas.

view of the vegetable garden in raised garden bed planters with wood obelisk in the potager garden.

Thank you so much for following along.

Enjoy a beautiful day! xo

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  1. Stacy,
    Your daughter is just beautiful and I know your are so proud of her. Your zen garden is amazing. Thanks so much for sharing my post.

  2. That shot with the bridge in it is just breathtaking!!
    Oh, I didn’t know Molly was starting a blog, love her photos!
    Very excited about the fish…

    1. Thank you! I turned around and saw that view and was amazed in the beauty of the moment! Thank you we are too they are so fun!

  3. Thanks so much for sharing my blog here, Stacy! I really appreciate your support and know I will be turning to you for advice as I settle in.

    And what a shame that it rained for the prom party! Your daughter looked beautiful, though!

  4. Thank you so much for the feature, my friend. I really appreciate you. Bit was so fun to see pics of your girls this week. Hugs to you.

  5. I can’t wait to follow along with more of your fun projects! You inspire me so much. Thanks for sharing me in your round up! Have a great week!

  6. You must be so proud of your daughter Stacy. What a great picture of the 3 of you! I’m loving your Mountain Laurel, so pretty. And the goldfish in the pond. You are definitely living the dream, my friend. So much fun to see your gorgeous gardens and what you continue to keep finding. Thank you for sharing my galvanized container post!