2023 was quite a year! Looking back, it was chock full of big-time stuff! Here’s a recap of my top 10 Reader’s Favorite blog posts from 2023.


I’m always excited about the start of a new year. It’s a time when I set my goals both personally and professionally and then plan.

It’s a chance to begin with a clean slate with fresh starts to old habits. I love thinking about the new year in that way, don’t you?

But looking back, 2023 was a big year! My blog and brand grew exponentially over the last year. I attended a blogging conference and wrote my first book! It’s been a wild but fulfilling ride.

My youngest daughter started college, the gardens really hit their stride this year, and we even learned things about raising koi fish we never knew before.

Here’s a look back at your favorite top posts for 2023.

Did your favorite make the list?

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Top 10 Reader’s Favorite Blog Posts for 2022

When I looked back at the analytics of all posts written this year, there are some standouts that you guys really loved.

And you know what?

So did I! And I was surprised to see that this year, every single one was a gardening post. Here are your favorites from #1-10. And I have to say, number 1 is my all time favorite post too!

How to make Fresh flowers last longer

9 Garden Treasures You Should Buy at the Thrift Store

Looking for inexpensive and unique ways to display plants and flowers? You can find the best garden treasures for a song at the thrift store. Wait until you see the cool things you need to buy on your next bargain shopping adventure. I love a good deal, don’t you? Whether you are shopping at the

Close up of Everblooming hydrangea flowers - hydrangea macrophylla Endless Summer

7 Reasons Why Your Hydrangea is Not Blooming

Have you noticed your hydrangea not blooming this year? Or maybe it is blooming less than in years past? Here are 7 reasons why hydrangeas fail to bloom and how to fix it. Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers to grow in the garden. Their beautiful, lush blooms in shades of pink, blue, and white

close up of hosta plant with lavender purple flowers

Hosta Plant Care: Essential Tips for Keeping Your Hostas Happy and Healthy

Looking for an easy-care plant that flowers in the shade? Hostas are a beautiful addition to any garden. With their stunning foliage, adaptability to different garden conditions, low-maintenance nature, and long growing season, hostas can be a rewarding plant to grow. Learn everything you need to know about hosta plant care to keep them happy

Endless summer hydrangea flowers at sunset in my jersey garden - backyard garden

Pruning Hydrangea, Ornamental Shrubs, and Woody Plants

Want to learn how to prune? Follow these tips for successfully pruning hydrangea, ornamental shrubs, and woody plants. Do you prune your ornamental shrubs or woody plants? It’s one of the most daunting tasks in the garden. How, when, and why to prune plagues many gardeners because they don’t know how to do it. Particularly

stinking hellebore lenten rose in shade garden with different hosta varieties, variegated willow and wine and roses weigela and joe pye weedhappy gardening in the backyard garden

Why and How to Divide Perennials

Looking for ways to grow a happy, healthy garden without breaking the bank? Learn how to divide perennials in 5 easy steps. If you are growing perennials in your garden, they’ll need to be divided every few years. It sounds scarier than it is because the plant actually wants you to do it. There are

close up of nepeta 'walkers low' - catmint are great flowers for deadheading when the blooms fade

9 Easy-Care Flowers That Attract Hummingbirds

Looking for ways to attract hummingbirds to your garden? Transform your garden into a pollinator haven with these 9 easy-care flowers that attract hummingbirds.

good directions birdhouse with celosia on a shepherds hook in the garden

The Best Fall Garden Flowers

Looking for ways to add curb appeal to your home this autumn? Plant these fall garden flowers for the prettiest landscape on the block! Ah, autumn—the season of cozy sweaters, pumpkin spice everything, and of course, the stunning fall garden flowers! While summer might be winding down, your garden doesn’t have to follow suit. In

close up of echinacea in my cottage garden -15 Mistakes New Gardeners Should Avoid

Purple Coneflower Care

Are you growing echinacea purpurea in your flower garden yet? If not, you should! Learn about purple coneflower care and how to enjoy the flowers with these simple tips. One of the first perennials I planted in our garden was purple coneflowers. Their blooms are gorgeous and they are easy-care, low-maintenance plants to boot. Some

Peonies benefit from staking - I use grow through supports for them. Peonies and wine and roses wiegela on the happy gardening tour

Growing Peonies: Everything You Need to Know

If you are looking to grow an easy-care flower that is deer resistant and simple to care for, look no further than peonies. Learn how to grow peony flowers to get the longest bloom time in a growing season with these simple tips. Peony flowers are a favorite of many gardeners, and it’s easy to

small cottage garden near the front porch with yarrow, coneflowers, seniorita zinnias and more.

Perennials vs Annuals: Which is Right for Your Garden?

Not sure whether to plant perennials vs. annuals in your garden? Learn the key differences between perennials and annuals and make an informed decision for your gardening lifestyle so it’s easy to grow and care for. Here’s what you need to know. Whenever I’m asked about what to plant in the garden, my response is

And that’s it!

Did your favorite post make the list?

It’s so fun to look back.

Now onto a bigger and better 2024. Much like 2023, there will be no shortage of projects this year. Cause I’ve got my hands full this year with the book coming out and new plantings to be done.

I’m also planning to paint my kitchen cabinets and renovate my bedroom, plus paint a few more rooms. It’s going to be epic!

Cheers to a festive and fun New Year. I wish you all the year full of happiness, health, and love.

poinsettia drink at christmas - an easy christmas cocktail
Poinsettia Drink

More About My Top Posts from 2023

Did your favorite post make the list? Which one is your favorite post from this past year? I would love to know more in the comments below.

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Hi there! I hope you had a great week! Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms Where do I even start about the week? My Garden Damage We had some snow earlier in the week and when our plowing service came (who is also our landscaper) they drove 15 feet through my…
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Hi there! I hope you had a great week! Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms What a week it was! My book, The Bricks ‘n Blooms Guide to a Beautiful and Easy-Care Flower Garden officially released!!! Did you get your copy? If you did, would you mind leaving a review on…
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Enjoy a beautiful day! xo

Stacy Ling

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. With a deep passion for gardening, I enjoy helping others find their inner green thumb with all things plants and flowers, as well as finding ways to bring the outdoors inside their homes.

Get the inside scoop about my background as a master gardener, education, and experience, as well as why I started blogging here.

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