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What a week it was!

It was HOT all week long here and we’ve had no rain.

Since we have an irrigation system, the gardens have not skipped a beat but the ponds are looking a little low, so we added some water to both of them yesterday.

I’ve been busy preparing to go to the Haven Blogging Conference this week where I am mentoring a group of bloggers in Atlanta.

It will be a great time and I’m looking forward to meeting some friends I have yet to meet in person!

How fun is that?

close up of a snapdragon and zinnia arrangement I made with fresh flowers from the cut flower garden on a farmhouse table

We also enjoyed a beautiful tour around the gardens and outdoor living spaces with some of my besties last night.

It was such a great time and I’m glad we were able to squeeze dinner in outside in the potager garden before a quick rainstorm hit.

One of my besties, Bonnie, named our new home Shangra-Ling!

Isn’t that a great name for it???

christopher d. ling, aia overlooking the koi pond from the footbridge

The bunny is still wreaking havoc in the garden. He is mowing down zinnias left and right!

I’m considering buying more scat mats because they work really well and then I can keep him away from certain areas.

close up of the footbridge over the koi pond

What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a fun week on the blog!

I share a perennial flowers list that is low-maintenance and bloom in midsummer.

Bookmark this post so you remember it in fall when you plant your garden.

close up of swallowtail butterfly on blazing star
Swallowtail butterfly on blazing star

With the heat of summer, also comes pest and disease problems.

I shared about the benefits of ladybugs in the garden and how to release ladybugs to control soft-bodied insects like aphids and scale.

Because this week has been a scorcher here in New Jersey, we made these light and refreshing blueberry mojitos recipe that are super easy to make and perfect for a hot summer day.

Whether you are lounging by the pool or hanging on your porch or patio, you’ve got to try this one!

It is SO GOOD!

sitting poolside while enjoying blueberry mojito recipe easy

I also shared my latest tour of the new cottage garden where we chatted about all of the snapdragon varieties and other perennials that will look amazing all summer long.

Come tour the new cottage garden with me HERE.

close up of snapdragons

What I’m Shopping for This Week!

I went on a little hiatus from working on the inside of our new home while I was busy working in the gardens.

Since it’s too hot to work outside, I need to get back to decorating inside.

Here are a few purchases I just made.

sunset in the front yard small cottage garden in gardening zone 6a jersey 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.

This week I’m drawn to the trips my friends have been going on!

My good friend Kim from Shiplap and Shells shared all about her amazing adventures in Italy and Greece.

This one is on my bucket list for sure!


If you are looking for a beautiful beach to visit, my good friend Rachel from the Ponds Farmhouse shared some great travel information about Kure Beach in North Carolina.

I’ve been following along with her adventures there and the beach, restaurants, and activities sound like an amazing vacation!

kure beach north carolina

My good friend Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill has been doing a lot of fun day trips in New England.

She recently shared this one about her adventures in Rockport, Maine.

I have got to see this place because it sounds amazing!

And one of these days, I’ll get her to make a day trip to see me in Vermont! Nudge nudge Jennifer! LOL

rockport maine

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

Wait until you try this delicious berry dessert!

This little lobster shack in Maine looks amazing!

These summer decorating tips for the front entryway.

These wall ideas for the living room.

cloes up of hostas in the shade garden

Want to learn more about me? I’m a master gardener who’s been gardening and growing things for over 25 years and author of the best-selling book, The Bricks ‘n Blooms Guide to a Beautiful and Easy-Care Flower Garden. Get the inside scoop about my background as a master gardener, education, and experience, as well as why I started blogging here.

stacy ling cutting dahlias in her garden
Home and Garden Blogger Stacy Ling cutting zinnia flowers in her cottage garden with wood picket fence in front of garden shed

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  1. Just when I think that your yard has hit peak pretty it outdoes itself!! Man, those 2 shots are gorgeous!!
    Oh, I haven’t seen a butterfly up here yet! I feel like they are taking forever to get here this year!!

  2. Stacy,
    I’m beyond excited about out Haven conference. I look so forward to spending time with you. Thanks for sharing my post as well.

  3. I’m so overwhelmed by how beautiful your gardens are Stacy. Thank you so much for featuring my Europe post. It seems so long ago. Have a great time at Haven.