Saltwater Sounds: Celebrating Summer Blooms

Welcome to Saltwater Sounds, a collection of ideas, tips, and inspiration. Here, I share everything happening in the world of Shiplap and Shells, what’s to come, and the inspiration I’ve found from other bloggers around the web.

This and That

It’s been a fun-filled week with the 4th of July holiday and the garden bursting with summer blooms.

I have plenty to show you this week, including the many flowers growing in the garden I promised to share last week. I’ve also added a few fun items to the weekly Saltwater Sounds post, including answers to garden questions I’m asked each week and a flower of the week.

I will also share a new garden freebie with you next week, so stay tuned!

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Our 4th of July parade party was a lot of fun.

I did take a few pictures of the outdoor garden decor.

Each year, I have the best intentions. I was planning on taking pictures of the deck decor and table set-ups, but my guests arrived before I could take any.

So I’ll try again next year.

My hubby and I made eight quiches and breakfast potatoes. My friends generously brought scones, cornbread muffins, and strawberries.

The mimosa and Bloody Mary bars were a hit.

Ollie needed a nap after the festivities.

Speaking of Ollie, he’s a tease.

I’ve been growing snap peas since my mini dachshund, Lucy, begged for them every time we went to the garden. Then Jax came along and loved these crunchy veggie treats just as much.

Ollie, on the other hand, is not a fan. But he will take one to torment Jax with. He lays there with the pea in front of him while Jax goes a bit crazy.

The weather will be in the low nineties for the next few days, which is really unusual for us here in the Seattle area. So, I set up the shade cloth for the sweet peas. They just started blooming, and I’m not sure they will survive this heat wave.

The pansies are also on their way out for the summer.

Do you remember the area next to the new pavers where we added soil and grass seed? It’s close to being filled in now.

“The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway”. Michael Pollan

What’s Blooming in the Garden

There’s lots to see in the cut flower and cottage gardens. Let’s go!

My sensitive sweet peas are looking beautiful right now.

I’m crossing my fingers that these fragrant blooms will last a few more weeks with this heat. I will try to get out in the garden early in the morning to cut as many as possible to take inside and enjoy.

Who loves gladiolus as much as I do? This purple variety is my favorite.

Remember when I told you I have six varieties of zinnias growing in the garden this year? They’re all beautiful and blooming, but they still have quite a way to go. They’re still on the short side.

The State Fair Gold Medal and Lilliput zinnias are bright and bold.

Victorian Wedding and Precious Metals from Floret Flowers are more pastel.

The green zinnias above are “Envy”.

Yellow roses are in full bloom.

A few sunflowers have bloomed already. Most are yellow.

But there is the beautiful sunflower that came from last year’s seeds.

It’s a gorgeous color!

I usually grow the Sherbet-toned Chantilly Mix snapdragons, but I tried the “Orange Wonder” variety this year.

I’m loving the apricot and scarlet strawflowers.

This spider flower is a new choice for the cut flower garden.

This year’s cosmos is “Sea Shells Blend”.

Here’s a look at the hydrangeas.

The summer alliums are getting ready!


Garden Supplies and Tools

Check out my favorite garden supplies and tools for the growing season. Whether you’re looking for potting soil or deer repellent, you’ll find what I use in my own garden.

My Gardening Tool and Product Favorites

From the Blog

The flower of the week is one of my favorites! Zinnias are an amazing cut flower for so many reasons.

  • Vibrant Colors: Zinnias come in a wide array of bright and bold colors, including red, pink, orange, yellow, purple, and white. Their vivid hues can brighten up any floral arrangement and add color to your home.
  • Long Vase Life: One of the key qualities of a good cut flower is how long it lasts once cut. Zinnias have an impressive vase life, often lasting up to two weeks with proper care, which means you can enjoy their beauty for an extended period.
  • Variety of Shapes and Sizes: Zinnias are available in numerous shapes and sizes, from small, dainty blooms to large, showy flowers. This variety allows for versatile use in floral arrangements, from small bouquets to large centerpieces.
  • Sturdy Stems: Zinnias have strong, sturdy stems that support their blooms well. This makes them easy to arrange and ensures they stay upright and look fresh in a vase.
  • Continuous Blooming: Zinnias are prolific bloomers, producing flowers continuously throughout the growing season. You can keep cutting flowers from your garden all summer without depleting your supply.
  • Attract Pollinators: Zinnias attract beneficial pollinators such as bees and butterflies to your garden. This helps with the health of your garden ecosystem and ensures that your zinnia plants continue to produce plenty of blooms.
  • Easy to Grow: Zinnias are relatively easy to grow from seed and thrive in a variety of climates. They require minimal maintenance, making them a great choice for gardeners of all skills.

For more zinnia gardening tips, read my blog post, “How to Grow Beautiful Zinnias Indoors From Seed.”

How Often Should I Water My Succulents?

A: Succulents should generally be watered once every 1-2 weeks, but the exact frequency can vary based on several factors.

In the spring and summer seasons, water more frequently, about once a week, as succulents are actively growing and require more moisture.

In hot and dry climates, succulents may need more frequent watering due to faster evaporation. Water every 1-2 weeks. In cool and humid climates, succulents will require less frequent watering. Water every 2-3 weeks.

Add mulch to garden beds to retain soil moisture.

One of the primary benefits of mulching is its ability to conserve moisture in the garden soil.

As a protective barrier, mulch reduces water evaporation from the soil surface, preventing water loss during the hot summer.

Wood chips, grass clippings, pine needles, or dry straw are excellent organic mulch materials that can help effectively retain soil moisture.

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My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web This Week

Try this effortless marinated burrata recipe.

You’ll want to see this eclectic remodel.

Here’s a DIY project for all the flower lovers.

You’ll love this easy cast iron triple berry crisp recipe.

This project from the House Seven Design portfolio is gorgeous.

Try this refreshing Lavender Limeade drink this summer.

I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment and let me know what you’d like to see on the blog! Thank you for being here.

Until next time,

Wishing a wonderful week ahead,

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  1. I wish I was a neighbor! I would gladly have brought fruit or muffins, or whatever you wanted just to indulge in some of that delicious quiche!! I love the vintage looking American flag in your house!! The flowers are all amazing! I have never seen one of those spider flowers! Your sunflowers are gorgeous, I even love your patriotic one!!!

    1. I would love to have you as a neighbor Chloe! Can you imagine all the fun we would have together? We’ll live here in the summer and in Florida in the winter. How perfect! I would even share my flowers with you. Especially the sunflowers.

  2. Oh my gosh, I found your blog today and I am OBSESSED with your garden. It is gorgeous. Also, the photo of your living room is beautiful. Love the decor and how cozy it looks. So glad I found your blog!

    1. I’m so happy you found the blog too Angie! So sorry I didn’t respond to your message sooner. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you reaching out. Thanks for following along.

  3. Kim, your gardens are so gorgeous. I loved seeing everything that is in bloom. And it looks like you had a fun 4th of July! Your quiches look delish! Thank you so much for sharing a link to my berry crisp recipe. I appreciate it very much!

    Hope you stay cool and the flowers survive your heat wave!

    1. Thank you for the kind words Jen! I hope you had a fabulous 4th of July weekend. I can’t wait try your yummy berry crisp recipe.

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