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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms
It was a nutty week this week so let’s get right into it!
Chris and I headed to Vermont this weekend so we could drop the boat off for winter storage. It gets cold pretty quickly up there, so we try to wrap it up for the season before the end of September.
We’ve got a lot going on the next few weekends so we had to get it done this weekend in case we don’t get back up for a while.
It’s a sign that summer is truly over. *Sniff*
Although we were only in Vermont for the night, we made the best of it. We went out to dinner, took the boat for one last cruise, and hit the outdoor flea market that I love.
We’d normally stay the weekend, but Chris and I are going to the NY Giant’s home opener today.
Chris is pretty excited to go as he’s been talking about it all week long so that’s where I’ll be!
In the Garden
This week was not the most glamorous week in the garden as I spent some time repairing the lawn.
There was a lot of drought stress from the summer heat and lack of rain, but we also discovered a grub problem.
And to be honest, I’m not surprised. The prior owner had a grub control service and there were SO MANY Japanese beetles on the hardy hibiscus. So I knew there would be an issue.
I opted not to do the grub service because I prefer to use less pesticides on the lawn and wanted to go a more organic route in late summer/fall.
Where grubs are concerned it’s not necessary to do the harsh chemicals because there are two organic options that are long term and much more effective.
I’ve chatted about lawn care and Japanese beetle control before. So I’ll sum up what I’m doing.
For starters, I’m changing the lawn over to tall fescue. There’s a lot of lawn to do here, so I’m going to start in the front and back yard first to keep costs down.
In addition to changing the lawn over, I’m applying milky spore down after some new grass sprouts to combat the grubs. Milky spore is an organic option for grub control that is effective for about 10 years.
And much like overseeding with tall fescue, I’m starting that in the front yard first. The back didn’t have much of an issue with grubs, so I’ll get to that next year.
It’s kind of pricey but it works really well. And I think doing both will signifcantly cut down on the Japanese beetle population overall long-term.
The Big Story of the Week!
So actually there are two.
I swear we have seen so much wildlife here at the new house. It’s been pretty neat! From hawks to deer, to muskrats and blue herons, we have seen quite a bit.
This week, we met the neighborhood bear!
My dog discovered him sauntering around the side yard the other morning and nearly lost her mind while looking out our bedroom window.
Chris screamed to me not to let the dogs out because there was a bear.
He ran downstairs, which is where I was, and we watched the bear head over to the garbage can that was full waiting for pick up.
As the bear climbed onto the can to knock it over, my husband opened the door (while I held my dogs back) and said, “Hey there bear.”
And just like that, the big black bear went on his merry way!
Very cool to see him up close but obviously would not want to meet him any closer.
Some heroes wear capes and others wear garden gloves.
Since we are closing up the pool soon, I am spending every minute I can outside to enjoy the last licks of summer.
One day, I was outside setting up my vibe when I heard a huge splash in the pool.
I was like, What was that???“
So I looked around and found a huge frog swimming around in the pool.
We’ve discovered a number of dead frogs in the pool filter, so I wanted to get this guy out of the pool ASAP.
I quickly grabbed the pool skimmer and with my incredible lacrosse skills, I scooped him out.
He wasn’t having it though, so he dove back in on the scoop after I had him over the concrete.
So off I went chasing him around the pool for like 10 minutes.
And let me tell you he was fast!!
I finally got him though. He must’ve been tired as I was able to carry him to the back pond.
Because he had chlorine all over him, I didn’t want to just drop him in. So I set him down on the red rocks to dry off and get his bearings.
After about an hour, I saw him a bit closer to the pond like he was ready to go in.
That frog was NOT happy with me, but little does he know, I saved his life. So there’s that.
What I’m Shopping For This Week
I did a lot of shopping this week as I’ve decided to work on my sunroom. Wait until you see the cool things I bought and am still shopping for this week!
- This area rug is perfect for the sunroom and is on sale now so I quickly snagged it in a 5×8. Check today’s price here.
- I also bought these two accent chairs that look so comfy!
- This area rug is still in my shopping cart. I’m thinking about getting it for the front entry hall. What do you think? It’s also on sale now! Check today’s price here.
- I bought these aged candlesticks about a week ago and LOVE THEM. They are perfect for creating amazing tablescapes with lots of ambiance.
- And with those candelsticks, I bought these battery-operated candles so I could enjoy them without the worry of watching them. With a remote and timer, it’s a great way to add ambiance and coziness without the fuss of watching a burning candle.
- This bed is on serious markdown. It’s in my cart and I’m thinking about getting it for either my bedroom or the guest room. Check today’s price here.
What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms
It was a fun week on the blog! We covered a lot of ground and did a lot of cooking this week, so let’s go!
For starters, we made this cozy hug in bowl corn chowder recipe that is SO EASY to make.
It has a lot of amazing flavor and is perfect to enjoy year round.
Get my recipe for corn chowder here.
It’s a one-pot meal with minimal clean up making dinner prep much easier. And the whole family loves it so that’s a win in my book.
Wait until you try this one!
In addition to my soup kick this week, I also shared a DIY dining table topper for extra seating to help expand your dinner table for the holidays.
If you are handy, it’s a great weekend project that will help you ditch the folding tables for good.
We also spent some time in the garden, where I shared some indoor gardening ideas that you can prepare for this fall to enjoy during winter.
If you love houseplants but don’t always have success with them, you’ve got to check out this post where I share the secret to keeping houseplants alive.
It happens to the best of us, but this post explains what not to do and how to fix it.
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 these DIY cornstalk topiaries that sound so easy to make!
I love the organic texture and fall vibe they add.
My good friend Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill is always up to making something cool for the season.
And this week she made these faux cement pumpkins.
Aren’t they so cool? I love the texture they add!
My good friend Kim from Shiplap and Shells started decorating for fall and I love how pretty it all looks!
Her gardens are amazing but I also love the quaintness of her seaside cottage.
And here is some more inspiration you’ve got to see!
This cozy glowing pumpkin table setting idea.
I love these fall decorating ideas.
These DIY silverware pouches.
These tips for decoupaging a napkin on a pumpkin.
This fall harvest snack mix.
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