Saltwater Sounds Weekly: Celebrating Spring’s Arrival

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.

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It has been a very full and wonderful weekend here.

The sun has been out for a few days, and yesterday, we even reached 70°F. What a great way to welcome the spring season.

I am definitely taking advantage of this amazing weather until it starts raining next week. I’ve been working in the greenhouse, planting spring flowers in containers on the new patio, and decorating our cottage for the spring season the last few days.

Follow along for a sneak peek of what I’ve been up to.

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Around the Garden and Greenhouse

Do you remember when we added a patio to the garden area in front of the greenhouse?

I’m loving this space already. It’s much more manageable now. I wish we would have done this sooner. The older I get, the more I am about low maintenance.

Allium foliage and daffodils are growing in the ground and containers. I added pansies, violas, and ranunculus to the containers and pots for more color.

As for the greenhouse, let’s just say it’s very full at the moment with all the overwintering geraniums and seedlings growing.

The last seeds, sunflowers, have been sown, and now we just wait for the last frost date. As far as I can remember, it has always been April 18th, but now it shows that it’s March 21st.

That’s a big difference and one that I’m a bit skeptical about. I started all my seeds based on the Mar. 21st date, so the seedlings are looking much bigger than they did last year at this time. But I will still wait to transplant most of the seedlings in the garden until May 1st.

Today I’m going to focus on cleaning the greenhouse and taking the heatmats, humidity domes, and rugs out now that it’s warmer at night.


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

Around Our Beach Cottage

Here are a few pictures of my kitchen now that it’s ready for spring.

I kept the green color scheme just as I did last year but changed the decor around.

I found some jasmine plants at Trader Joe’s the other night, which I love!

I’ll be writing a post soon on cottagecore spring decor ideas with the rest of the pictures for you to see.

From the Blog

Did you know that dividing your dahlia tubers every year has many benefits? I’ll show you my process for dividing dahlia tubers in the spring and explain the advantages of splitting these dahlia root clumps annually… CONTINUE READING.

Don’t you love how spring-flowering bulbs bring color and life back to the garden after a cold winter season? This guide will take you through the essential steps to grow and care for your spring bulb flowers, rewarding you with a gorgeous growing season…CONTINUE READING.

Are you looking for some spring home decorating ideas and inspiration? In today’s post, I’m sharing simple vignette decor ideas you can use to create beautiful spring touches throughout your home…CONTINUE READING.

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‘Growing a Cut Flower Garden’ Series

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web This Week

These cute bunny cinnamon rolls are perfect for Easter morning breakfast.

You can see how to make this paper rosette wreath here.

I love this cottage-style Easter table setting in beautiful blues and whites.

This serene Stockholm apartment is for sale.

Check out these lazy girl tips for growing zinnias in pots.

How delicious is this lemony sour cream cake with fresh blueberries and blueberry jam?

This gorgeous village house is full of inspiration.

I can’t wait to try these DIY concrete planters myself!

This keto carrot cake cupcake recipe is another one you’ll have to try.


Seed Starting Supplies

Check out my favorite supplies and tools for starting seeds indoors. Whether you’re looking for grow lights or a seed starting mix, you’ll find what I use in my own greenhouse.

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. Kim

    I know you are excited for Spring. Everything is already looking amazing. Brad says you have a mini Butchart garden. Thank you for sharing my trash to treasure planters .

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