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1 – Is anyone celebrating National Kahlua Day today? Better question…did anyone even know it was National Kahlua Day today?
2 – It’s going to be a sunny Saturday today. We don’t get many of those, so I’m extra happy today. Speaking of the sun, the daffodils and tulips are starting to pop up out of the ground, and I can’t wait to see some beautiful blooms in my garden!
3 – WARNING! My website may seem REALLY slow for the next two weeks. Please hang in there with me. I just had an audit, and when you build your site completely on your own, there are going to be some issues that need addressing when you have an audit done a year later. A lot of work will be taking place behind the scenes. Appologizing in advance!
4 – Do you want to see my sweet pea progress? Here you go…
I’ll be sowing snapdragon and black-eyed Susan seeds this weekend. I should have already started them, but life happened. It was a crazy week.
5 – I’ve had several people ask me if I have problems with deer eating my tulips, and the answer is YES! I have, but when I REMEMBER to spray Liquid Fence on them, it seems to really help. I use it when it’s dry, and there’s no wind. You don’t want that stuff to blow back onto you. It’s incredibly stinky!
6 – This week on the blog I joined a group of friends for a Pinterest Challenge. We were given an inspiration photo for everyone to recreate, and each participant put their own spin on the photo. This month, we recreated a spring table vignette.
7 – Did you happen to see the thrift store finds I shared on my Instagram stories last Thursday? I found this set of Pink Vista Ironstone at the Bremerton Vintage Flea Market for $45! Yay me! The only bad news was that the teapot and sugar bowls were missing lids and there were only two saucers. But for this price, I was good.
8 – GIVEAWAY!!! Discovering Dahlias – Floret Flower’s New Book Release Date is March 9th
Two of my favorite things! Floret Flower Farm and Dahlias!!!! The new book will be released on March 9th, but you can click here to pre-order.
Erin, the owner of Floret Flower Farm, has graciously offered to give away a signed copy of her new book! All you have to do is leave a comment at the end of this blog post, sharing something about dahlias or why you want to win this Discovering Dahlias book. The giveaway closes on March 7th at 10:00 p.m. PST. US residents only. I’ll be giving away a second signed book on my Instagram account as well. Make sure to enter there too!
9 – I’ve been shopping. Do you want to see my favorite spring finds at Anthropologie? I know you do!
My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web From Last Week…
My talented friend Karen at Sanctuary Home Décor shares how to prepare for spring decorating. I’m sure many of you know Karen, but for those of you that don’t, she has 2 homes, one in California and the other in Montana. She has also been featured in many magazines. Make sure you take a look at her amazing blog.
My gardening friend Jen at The Flowering Farmhouse shares a Beginner’s Guide To Growing Dahlias. Everything you need to know about successfully planting, growing, and caring for your dahlia flowers is all here.
My friend Debra at Common Ground shares a much-needed touch of spring in her garden room. I’m feeling some major inspiration here! I hope you feel it too.
How to make fresh cut flowers last longer.
Making a duvet cover out of a sheet.
The difference between antique and vintage.
A homemade box that make you feel good.
How to prune roses.
The perfect bunny centerpiece.
The benefits of taking a bath.
A delicious soup recipe.
How To Make Moss Shamrock Placemats.
Friday night fish recipes.
The best thrift and antique shops from Vermont to Maine.
In Case You Missed It…
How to Freshen Up Your Bedroom for Spring
This is my spring bedroom from last year.
I’d love to hear from you! Leave me a comment and let me know what you’d like to see on the blog! Thank you for being here. It means the world.
Enjoy your weekend,
Sally Dew says
I want to learn about something new! Growing dahlias looks amazing!
Susan Bragg says
I would love a copy of the book. I fell in love with Dahlias when I was in Oregon over a year ago . I bought one dinner plate size Dahlia that summer from Home Depot and was amazed at its beauty. I then ordered a Dahlia called “Nita” in honor of my mom who passed away 5 years ago. She loved gardening! My path then led me to the Floret website and now I am trying to
grow Dahlias from seed. So far, I am having great success. I love following you!
Hi there, really love the post. I really need to get my seeds started. 🙂. I really enjoy seeing everything your are doibg on Instagram. 💜💜
I love your blog and my daughter in law just introduced me to Floret Farm. She gifted me with A Year In Flowers for my birthday, which I really enjoyed. I can’t wait for the Dahlia book to come out!
My friend first introduced me to Erin’s farm about 10+ Years ago and that’s all it took for me to completely fall head over heels in love with a Dahlias. The first three or four years that I grew them, I exclusively grew her a Dahlias and seeds. Now I find myself with a small, teeny, tiny, microcosm of a flower farm and my specialty is.. years ago and that’s all it took for me to completely fall head over heels in love with a Dahlias. The first three or four years that I grew them, I exclusively grew her a Dahlias and seeds. Now I find myself with a small, teeny, tiny, microcosm of a flower farm and my specialty is … Dahlias. I know we are all her biggest fans, but I do feel like one of her biggest fans. She makes everything seem as she i dahlias. I know we are all her biggest fans, but I do feel like one of her biggest fans. She makes everything seem achievable. Floret farm is an absolute inspiration. Adding another hundred plus dahlias this year. And I couldn’t be happier about it.
I have watched Floret on Magnolia Network and I’m loving everything about it. Dahlias – oh yes – they are beautiful! Thanks for this opportunity Kim. Every time I read your latest post it takes me back to my gardening days. I always look forward to your posts and photos.
Rachel Harper says
You are so sweet to share my DIY. I hope your audit goes well and you’re back up to speed soon.
What an exciting giveaway! I have the book that came out last year, but not her first. The photos are mesmerizing. Would love the dahlia book! P.s. love your Anthro spring picks!
glenda yarrish says
I love nothing more then to spend time In my garden with my granddaughters. We grew our first dahlias last year, we were careful to dig them up and I feel like a mother hen sitting on her chick’s with the tubors. Hopeing I have done everything right and we can plant them again this spring. I would love this book, and can’t wait to add to my dahlia garden. THANK YOU for this chance.
I would love to win this book. I’m planning on doubling the amount of Dahlias in my garden this year.
Gilda Mata says
I would love to win the new Dahlia book.
Gardening is my now my favorite thing to do and would like to learn more.
After seeing your Instagram you have inspired me to make yard beautiful.
I love dahlias but unfortunately so do my free ranging chickens. They ate every bit of them last year. This year I will have to try to hide them in the yard where they won’t notice them….
Rebecca P says
You have a beautiful and inspiring blog! Glad to have found it! I have Floret’s first book and am excited about Discovering Dahlias! I’ll be purchasing it even if I don’t win! ☺️
I would love the book because this is the first year I am growing dahlias! I subscribe to Florets workshops and Erin has taught me almost everything I know about flower farming so far. Hoping to upscale in the next few years once I develop the know how and have my own flower farm!
Thank you for the dahlias giveaway..I purchases your flower books w/seed pkg for my daughter . she really liked it…
Wonderful giveaway! I’d love to have a beautiful garden filled with Dahlias someday.
I would love to win the book about dahlias. We bought a house with over 2 acres and I am excited about adding flower gardens.
michele/vintage home designs says
What an amazing giveaway!! I love following Floret Flower! Such beautiful flowers and inspiration!
I have never grown dahlias before but I love gardening and have a perennial garden I just bought my first to dahlia plants a few weeks ago, and planning to try my luck with them.
And those pink transferware dishes make me jealous. What an amazing find!
I just love dahlias, and would love a copy of florets beautiful book. Also, I love your gardens and enjoy following you on Instagram ❤️
Anne M. says
I would love to win a copy of this book for me or my parents. Thank you for the chance. I developed a love of dahlias(and many other flowers) from when I was quite young. Both of my parents enjoyed gardening and I inherited that joy. It’s always been a challenge to keep my dahlias from being munched to death by the slugs and snails. Any tips you could share?
Kathy Wagner says
I look forward to your blog every week. You have given so much inspiration to me to learn all about dahlias. A few years ago I had my son’s wedding was on our property and his now wife and I purchased buckets and buckets from Swan Island dahlias and from then on I am obsessed with everything dahlias. I have planted a few on my yard now and can’t wait for them to come up. I also have watched some of Erin’s videos at Floret and would love to have one of her books, they look beautiful. Enjoy this PNW sun while it’s here this weekend 😎
Last year was my first growing dahlias and I am smitten. I would love the book to learn more about these beauties!
Jenny Main says
Thank you Kim. I adore your posts and your home and flower garden and greenhouse. My sis lives in Seattle and has a home on Rosche Harbor area of the San Juan Island. I can not wit to get through my second shot so I can visit with her again this spring or summer. I have two square areas i have decided to grow a cutting garden in. I love the Floret Farm everything but Dahlias’ are amazing. Who isn’t in lust with them. Yes please I would love to win any thing at least once in my life. Why not me? Thank you and you both stay healthy.
I’m a newby to sunlit gardens and now a new retiree!. For decades I’ve lived in the shade of the woods with hostas, astilbes,foam flowers and ferns. But I was recently introduced to your site online and through you, the joys of Floret. The sweet peas were beautiful! So this summer I’m going to garden in a small section of the pasture. I too am going to build the garden shed of my dreams! A dear friend has donated my first few bulbs of dahlias. I hope they have survived the wintering over…. now is the time that I’ve hoped and dreamed!!!
Thank you for your inspiration!!!!!
Carol Karl says
Such a lot of great stuff here! I make Kahlua ice cream – it’s fabulous. My dahlias this year have been amazing – they are so overgrown that they have taken over the entire garden! I’ll be sad to see them go.
Heike Smith says
I planted a few dahlias last year and am excited to plant more later this spring. I’ve been worried about deer, but they seem to have left them alone. The hard part, is there are so many dahlias, I don’t know where to start! And, I would love to learn what other flowers go well with them!
Kim, I love this post! Your friend’s kitchen! And your bedroom. Both have such a peaceful feeling!
My dad used to grow beautiful dahlias. Not that I’m nearing retirement I’m planning on devoting time to dahlias!
We are moving out of the city and building a home in the country! Growing Dahlias has always been a goal of mine, and I will finally have some room to make that happen. Would love to win this book!
sherie mcmullen says
I would love to win the Dahlia book!! I’ve gardened for years, but just tried Dahlias last year. I adored them so much that i gave sets of tubers to my adult children for Christmas, to be delivered this spring. I really need to learn how to care for them. sherie mcmullen
Sharon Keen says
Keeping dahlias close by my heart brings me closer to my late mother, who am I get my green thumb from. My mother’s favorite flower was dahlias and I know having a copy of the signed book and being able to open it every day will keep MOM even closer to me. I would absolutely be honored to have a copy.
Amy Allen says
I have always loved Dahlias, such great memories….My grandfather grew them, & always entered them into the Kitsap County Fair! I remember him winning several ribbons for his blooms. I’m planning to grow more this year, they are such happy flowers. 🙂
Kerrie Mayans says
I enjoyed her first book and love that she is pnw supplier and since I live near Seattle, I know I can grow similar flowers to hers. Dahlias are so beautiful. I would love to learn more about growing them.
Love your IG, just saw it on my wife’s story and will be following for sure! Dahlias are one my favorites along with hydrangeas, we saw so many when we visited Vancouver two summers ago, so beautiful!
Deborah Hunt says
I have always loved Dahlias! I said when I retired I would grow them. I retired the end of 2016 and you know how life gets in our way some times? Well I have ordered 8, count them, 8 Dahlias to plant! Can’t wait for them to get here. Thanks for your lovely blog and information.
Thanks so much for sharing my St Patrick’s Day table! I had no idea it was national kahlua day and your seedlings look great! I just sowed my sweet peas the other day! The next set of seeds get sown next week. Whoohoo! Have the best weekend Kim!
Marie MonteFiore says
Beautiful post! Now I am dreaming of dahlias and have some serious geranium-envy! Would love to win Floret’s book- Happy gardening!
KariAnne Wood says
Thank you so much for sharing my duvet cover project! You are the sweetest!
Lovely post! I hope all goes well with your website – I know what it’s like to battle away behind the scenes. I’ll be planting Dahlias for the first time this year and I’ve just received my first box containing ‘Cafe au Lait’ and ‘Fleurel’. I can’t wait to get started – I hope I can get them to grow like yours! #wishfulthinking 😉
Sylvia Woodard says
I love dahlia’s but have never grown them. This year they will be on my list to plant. Your gardens and home are beautiful. They inspire me to create.
Laura Nygaard says
I need a bigger yard for all the flowers I want to grow! Will have to make room for a few dahlias! Love your flea market find. I will be headed to our open air mart next Sunday, can’t wait! I asked my kids for one of those cool head planters for Christmas and they told me I was crazy! Not so much, huh? I am going to get one somewhere.
Have a great weekend.
Debra Oliver says
Hey Kim, thanks for sharing my pic and post on my touch of spring in the garden room. Thinking about spring has given me a pick me up for sure. Your new/old transferware set is amazing! Hope you’re having a great weekend and feeling some spring vibes up there!
Love dahlias! Would love a copy of the book to learn how to care for them better in our PNW winters. I love your garden and posts hoping to get my garden on that “level” one day.
I’ve tried to grow dahlias but have never had much success. Would love to win a copy of Erin’s book to see what she recommends.
What a fun roundup of ideas and pretty pix! Thanks for offering this book giveaway. No doubt the photographs are eye candy.
A busy Saturday on tap but this photo made my heart skip a beat! So lovely! I’ll be back to read up on all your news this week. Thank you for always sharing such inspiration.
I love spending time reading your posts, I always find inspiration. I can’t even imagine how lovely the Dahlias book from Floret Flower Farm will be I am very excited about this book their other book, cut flower garden is beautiful can’t wait to see their new one.
Your Blog is gorgeous!
We just bought about 3 acres of land and I can’t wait to garden and start a beautiful flower garden! This book would be the best inspo!
Heidi CM says
Hi Kim. I am a dahlia newbie and tried my hand at some Aloha ones and 3 tuber from a local farmer – “Who’s Your Momma” ones. 😂 These were the mixed up / dropped to the floor so he didn’t know what kind they were. Got a brown/pink one and an orange one. Looking to grow my cut flowers knowledge so thanks for your blog and this giveaway opp. Keep it up! Your IG and blog are so spectacular!
Kim, such a great read. Boy you’ve been busy! Question —- who does your audit and what kind of monetary investment is required? I’ve done all my own web site for 3 plus years now and could definitely use one. I only recently changed to the WordPress block editor. Worry about the stuff “under the hood” I don’t know about, although I use paid plugins for security, backups, etc.
Thanks for the chance to win this book. I love that Dahlias come in so many shapes and colors and how they fit so we’ll in a cottage garden I strive to have.
I’m excited to discover your blog as I’ve been following you on IG for quite some time. Thank you for sharing such beauty with all of us. It’s been feeling like Spring, and it is lovely.
The community of Home (in Lakebay) is where my grandpa grew the most beautiful dahlias. The key peninsula is my childhood stomping grounds. So many sweet memories seeing your garden and bay scenes.
Beth L says
Great roundup this week. My mind is on all things spring and planting. I’m interested in the Floret dahlia book because I want to really learn how to properly store them over the winter. I had some Floret tubers that I grew but then didn’t properly store them for winter and they shriveled up! Erin is a great teacher and I’m sure this book will put me on the path to success! Thanks for the chance.
I’m so excited for your sweetpeas!! One of my favorite flowers. Another is dahlias. I have an area in my garden I would love to grow some in and the book would be so helpful as well as gorgeous I am sure!
First Thank you so much for doing such a lovely giveaway. Your expertise and beautiful home is so inspiring. I love Dahlias, they are a beautiful and fulfilling flower. They remind me of when I was a young girl walking around my grandfathers garden as he taught me about each flower. He grew such beautiful Dahlias and when I grow them it reminds me of him, always. This book would be such an amazing gift and would teach me more knowledge to add to what I’ve already learned from him. 🌿🌸💛
Kim Waldorf says
Such a good weekly! So many pretty items and ideas. I bought some seeds from The Flowering Floret and can’t wait to plant them. Thanks for sharing all this goodness!!
I correct myself *Floret Farm’s 😊 Early morning brain!
Sharon Blair says
Hi Kim, love watching your garden grow. I started a Dalia garden last year, but I need help with how to grow them. I’ve followed Floret Flowers and could use some good advice from fellow Northwesterners.
Nan, Odessa, DE says
Kim, I enjoy every post you send my way!
Any hints on shopping for a faux 12-14″ topiary? Any hints will be appreciated. Pottery Barn is too expensive for my pocket. Help!
jeanne cummings says
Kim… your IG PAGEwas the first home page I followed and I love still everything about it and your cozy lifestyle…. and I have followed Floret Flower for YEARS… have both of her other books and would love this one…(I can’t believe Erin signed that many books) as in Minnesota (where I live now) our spring is almost non existant… and I soooo miss my early flowers…
enJoy yours and I will virtually… 💕🌸💐🌹
I am ‘Faireygramma’ on IG
Karen (Back Road Journal) says
Hi Kim, I appreciate your including a link to my soup recipe in your weekly wrap up. Thank you, that is so kind.
Sharon H says
I love to read your blog! You have such talent when it comes to flower gardening! I love Dahilas and most every flower! I watched the Floret story on Discovery plus and I would love to win her book!
Thanks for the opportunity to win one!
Sharon Hull says
Wow, dahlias are awesome flowers, both in the garden and in arrangements. Would LOVE to have that book!
Jennifer | The Flowering Farmhouse says
Such a great weekly wrap up! I will also be sowing snaps and other seeds this weekend. Thank you so much for including my dahlia guide in this week’s wrap-up!
Jennifer Dynys says
Those dahlias! I love Floret’s book, I bought it for my daughter when she turned 9. She loves flowers! Have a great weekend!
Chas Greener says
Always a joy reading your weekly wrap up Kim. Some great projects and finds this week, and so much to learn. Sending hugs to you!
What kind of medium do you use for your flower seeds? This is my year to learn and plant Dahlias in our yard.
Heather Pekarek says
Hello! I would love nothing more then to win the discovering dahlias book from floret! I really don’t know much about them but I’m inspired to learn and would someday love to have even a small fraction of the garden you both have!!! I have always loved dahlias, they are such a beautiful flower and would be over the moon to be able to grow my own someday! Right now im just soaking up all the knowledge and look forward to the reward of my own garden bed filled with these beauties someday!