Welcome to Saltwater Sounds, a collection of ideas, tips, and inspiration. This is where I share all that’s been happening in the world of Shiplap and Shells, what’s to come and the inspiration I have found from other bloggers around the web.
This and That…
After months of cooler than normal temperatures, we were finally given a small taste of what the rest of the country has been experiencing.
We have been in the 90s but haven’t made it to triple digits thank goodness.
We’ve been going through the same routine every day. The windows are all opened in the evening and in the early mornings and then everything closes up around 11:00.
This has really worked to keep the house cool without having air conditioning. Temperatures will go back down 20° to the 70s all next week. My poor flowers have no idea what is happening this season.
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A Walk in the Garden
Speaking of flowers, I do have many more blooms in the garden to share with you this week.
The dahlias, coneflowers, and black-eyed Susans have finally woken up and they are beyond beautiful.
The coneflowers, or echinacea, are about a month behind but I’m so happy to see them.
This peach dahlia above is called a single HS Date.
The cafe au lait dahlias went from nothing special to spectacular literally overnight.
Don’t forget to support your heavy dinner plate dahlias!
This is my first year growing yarrow and I really love this flower! The colors are so pretty. This variety mix is called “summer berries”.
Pretty petunias are one of my favorite annuals for growing in our planter in front of the greenhouse. This is because they fill out so quickly.
They do tend to be a lot of work to deadhead and can get very leggy if you don’t keep up on them.
Here’s a sunflower from the garden. I will share more of them on my garden tour next week. I have 4 different varieties.
It’s very rare to see both daisies and black-eyed Susans blooming at the same time in the cottage garden. The daisies were also a month behind blooming because of our cool weather.
Here are some strawflower and sweet peas. I’m not sure how long the sweet peas will make it. They’re currently under the shade cloth, but the strawflower will be blooming through fall. They make the most beautiful dried flowers by the way.
Blazing star is one of my favorite perennials in the summer cottage garden. They have such a unique look and the pollinators absolutely love them!
SHADE CLOTH IN THE CUT FLOWER GARDEN
This week was the first time we’ve had to bring out the shade cloth, which not only diminishes sunlight but diffuses the sun’s rays. The shade cloth material allows for air circulation and moisture to get through to the plants.
Read more about ways to protect your garden flowers from extreme heat here.
It really seems to help.
My husband came up with a system that will enable me to put up the shade cloth whenever I need it, even if he isn’t around.
This allows me to easily insert the pipe into the straps or remove them whenever I desire. This will hold the cloth in place. Now when I don’t need to use the shade cloth I can just lift the support pipes out of the holders and store them for next time.
Here’s the view of the cosmos and snapdragons from underneath the shade cloth. They’re so happy!
Our Steilacoom Boating Adventure
On one of our hot afternoons last week I went on a friend’s boat to Steilacoom which is about an hour trip from Gig Harbor if you’re going at a leisurely speed or 30 minutes if you’re hauling to get back to the marina before dark (yes, we did both of those).
I have to say my friend has one of the best spots in the marina and here is the view from the back of the boat. We are in Gig Harbor here.
We went under the Tacoma Narrows Bridge which is always so fun.
Here we are in Steilacoom watching the concert in the park from the balcony of the most gorgeous Victorian House.
This is the most incredible spot for a summer sunset.
There’s usually a farmers market on Wednesday too but it was canceled due to the heat.
The public dock was right next door to the ferry terminal.
As we were driving the boat away we waved goodbye to our friends on the balcony where we just were.
And here we are heading home after the most fun evening.
Kayaking Around the Bay
My hubby and I spent our Anniversary evening (which is also my birthday…who gets married on their birthday?) kayaking on the bay. Jax rode with me and Ollie rode with his dad.
Here’s one of the houses I always love to see. It’s actually a vacation rental property.
My Vintage Finds from Poulsbo
I told you last week that I ran out of time and didn’t include the pics of some of the vintage finds I picked up.
I have been looking for a vintage iron and glass table for so long and finally found one at Details Home and Garden. The chippy white step stool and French dough bowl are from Red Plantation. How cute are the vintage green wire basket and orange rolling stool from Saltwater Vintage?
Be a Fall Candle Tester
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Testers will be available July 28th – August 3rd and run out quickly.
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What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…
Who is ready to celebrate summer with a backyard barbeque? Today I’m sharing how to create a quick and easy tablescape that you can use for any summer event you host.
Are you looking for a new summer side dish idea? Here’s a vegan crunchy coleslaw recipe that is not only delicious but is a healthier version without mayonnaise.
Plus, there are 5 other BBQ recipes in this post including a drink, appetizer, main dish, and dessert. They are ALL so yummy!
Do you dream of getting a head start on the winter holidays and avoiding those last-minute headaches? Today I’m sharing ideas on how to start planning ahead for this year’s Christmas decor.
- End of July Garden Tour
- August Gardening To Dos and Tips
- Our Trip to Venice, Italy
My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…
Do you ever wonder what it takes to write a book? The lovely Leslie at My 100 Year-Old-Home shares a behind-the-scenes look at her book-writing journey. Her book, A Home to Share is now available for pre-order.
Are you looking for a refreshing dessert that will cool you right down? Cindy at County Road 407 shares a delicious and super easy summer dessert. You will not want to miss out on her 2 ingredient peach sherbet!
And while we’re on the subject of peaches, check out my friend Michelle from Thistle Key Lane has shared the most amazing grilled peach crostini recipe.
All your flower fall seed sale questions are answered here.
This stunning Southhampton surf retreat.
These tips for throwing a summer BBQ party.
This design project.
These beach decor ideas for any room.
Cooling down with an ice cream social.
This stunning she shed.
This refreshing summer cocktail.
This English cottage.
How to grow and care for ferns.
An Oldie But a Goodie
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Until next time,