Saltwater Sounds Weekly: Garden Therapy is Real

Welcome to Saltwater Sounds, a collection of ideas, tips, and inspiration. This is where 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.

orange ranunculus in the garden

This and That…

We’re a day away from spring, and I’m doing a happy dance!

The garden seems to have woken up last week, and I can’t wait to share it with you a little later in this post.

We’ve had the nicest weather this last week. It even got to 62°F yesterday. I spent about 3 hours out in the garden on Friday. It was the first time I’d been out there since last October.

Garden therapy is real! I had the best time cleaning garden beds up. I could only sit on the ground and work, but I still felt like I had accomplished something.

I did pay the price the next day, but it was so worth it!

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spring dafodils

Around the Garden and Greenhouse

It’s starting to look like spring in the garden. These are the first daffodils that have bloomed.

spring flowers in the garden

A few areas in the cottage garden are popping in color.

The heather, crocuses, and hyacinths look beautiful.

5 Beautiful Spring Flowering Bulb Varieties from Breck’s Bulbs

purple crocuses

I planted purple crocuses in the garden last year. They are so gorgeous this time of year when there isn’t much else blooming yet.

raised beds of tulips

The tulip bulbs I planted last fall are starting to come up.

10 Tips and Tricks for Planting Stunning Spring-Blooming Bulbs in the Fall Season

tulips growing in the raised beds
vintage bike and basket with petunias

I planted some petunias in the planters and the bike basket.

inside greenhouse with seedlings

Here’s a current view of the greenhouse with no space left to spare.


I can’t wait to share the constant changes my garden will be making these next few months.

faux spring blossoms in vase

Around Our Cottage

I’m just finishing up taking pictures for the part 2 spring home tour that I’ll be sharing with you on Wednesday.

I love how these faux spring blossoms look so realistic.

How to Create a Cottage Style Seasonal Refresh: Early Spring Home Tour

spring home tour

I had got so many great shots with the sun streaming in. It was a great week for picture-taking!

My Favorite Finds and Deals This Week

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From the Blog

flowers in cabbage vase

Creating An Enchanting Easter Centerpiece Using Flowers and Cabbage

Are you looking for new and creative ways to bring your Easter tablescape to life this year? I’ll show you how the winning combination of flowers and a cabbage vase can create the most enchanting spring or Easter floral centerpiece.

cutting ferns

Cutting Back Outdoor Evergreen Ferns for the Season

Are your ferns looking old and tired? I’ll show you how easy it is to cut back your ferns for a fresh new look and an even healthier plant.

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web This Week


Janine from the Happy Happy Nester DIY Easy Cupcake Wrapper Tutorial

Authentic touches reign in this Silverleaf dwelling.

hydrangeas in pots on porch

CoCo at The Crowned Goat Cottage Inspired Spring Porch Tour

Simple And Rustic Easter Wreath With Carrots

bunch of summer flowers

Stacy at Bricks ‘n Blooms 39 Money-Saving Tips for the Garden

This gorgeous portfolio.

torn tissue eggs

Yvonne at StoneGable Beautiful Torn Tissue Egg DIYAll you need to make Torn Tissue Eggs are paper napkins, regular old store-bought eggs, and ModPodge.

Rachel at The Ponds Farmhouse Best Front Porch Ideas To Decorate For Easter

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 week full of joy, kindness, and peace.


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  1. That is literally the biggest fern plant I’ve ever seen, Kim! Wow – you seriously take gardening to the next level. I love seeing what you’ve been up to and how your garden is growing from season to season. All the colors and plant combinations you put together are always so pretty. Those purples and pinks get me every time. Can’t wait to see what blooms this year and I’m excited you’re making progress after your surgery. Little by little you’ll get back on track and better than ever. Hugs and thank yous, CoCo PS: Will share your Easter centerpiece idea on Friday! It’s fabulous!

  2. 60 degrees sounds amazing! We had one nice day last week, followed by cold and snow the next!! Hopefully, we’ll get some more spring-like temps later this week.

    Thank you so much for sharing my Easter wreath, Kim. I appreciate it!

  3. Kim I’m sooooo envious of your weather, I love your neck of the woods and can’t wait to see your tulips this year! Happy Sunday!

  4. Kim
    I can’t wait to see your gardens this year. I’m on the home tour with you on Wednesday as well. Can’t wait. Thanks for sharing my porch tour this week. You are the best.

  5. I’m excited to watch your garden grow again! I enjoy how you change it up here and there each year. Your spring bulbs are bright and beautiful! Daffodils are the month of March flower – my birthday month! (Yay for making it around the sun again, but not so much for the number of times – Ha!) I have loved daffodils since I was a little girl – for me, they were sunny trumpets welcoming the Spring. They are such a happy flower! My mom would give me a fresh bouquet every year – here in Florida, we usually have to settle for a small pot of them and they don’t last very long. Your cabbage and floral centerpieces are enviable. You certainly have the knack. Sending healing wishes for your knee!

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