Saltwater Sounds Weekly: Happy Gardening Day

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’s National Gardening Day! Let’s celebrate, flower friend!

April 14th is a special day to encourage gardeners and would-be gardeners to pick up a shovel, plant some seeds, and kick off a year of homegrown beauty.

Sunnycrest nursery
Sunnycrest Nursery

Visit your local nursery or garden center today, or if the weather is in your favor, put those gardening gloves on and get out in the garden and enjoy!

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annual flowers at the garden center

I was off to a great start last week. One of my favorite things to do is shop for flowers and that’s just what I did on Monday.

I went home with an SUV full of summer annuals and can’t wait to plant them in containers, hanging baskets, and window boxes around the garden.

tulips in the raised bed garden in front of the greenhouse

This is the last tulip picture I’ll share with you this year. It shows my tulips at their best.

harvested bright tulips

It was time to harvest them to make room for the cut flower seedlings that will be transplanted next week. I called all my local friends and neighbors to come and get what they could carry home.

The raised beds in the cut flower garden are now empty and waiting for new seedlings.

dahlia tuber clumps on tarp

We dug up and divided half of the dahlia tubers in the garden. Hopefully, we’ll finish the job next Tuesday.

dahlia tuber clusters

There was good news and some bad news as well.

Most of the tuber clumps fared well through the winter, even after several days of 18°F temps. I was really worried because that just never happens here.

But there’s an area in the garden that is always wet with standing water. Almost every tuber buried in that space had rotted. Needless to say, I won’t be planting dahlias in this space anymore.

white washed pots and flower frogs

This was a great weekend for gardening, but sadly, I woke up sick yesterday and had no energy to do anything in the garden. So, I’ll be celebrating Gardening Day in spirit.

I hope this is a short cold because we plan to go on our annual “girl’s weekend” trip to Palm Springs. Fingers crossed.


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

eBook for sale

My newest eBook is available if you need help GROWING a cut flower garden.

Look for another eBook on MAINTAINING a cut flower garden, which will be going on sale May 1st.

From the Blog

apricot strawflowers and sweet peas growing in the cut flower garden with greenhouse in background

Do you know all the ins and outs of transplanting flower seedlings to the garden? This beginning gardener’s guide will share everything you need about safely transplanting your young plants to the cut flower garden, including the timing and how-to tips… CONTINUE READING.

pale cosmos growing in the cut flower garden

Have you spent time and money creating your dream garden, only to discover that deer have eaten your gorgeous flowers overnight? I’ll show you 36 deer-resistant plants that will thrive in your garden and resist the temptation of deer…CONTINUE READING.

fuchsia and orange lilliput zinnias

Do you have annoying pests in your garden but don’t want to use harsh chemicals on your plants? I’m sharing some natural and organic methods that will help control pests in the garden and give you peace of mind…CONTINUE READING.

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‘Growing a Cut Flower Garden’ Series

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web This Week

Learn how to gift wrap fresh flowers like a professional.

Check out these simple ideas for spring kitchen table decor centerpieces.

Here’s what to use & when to supply rose fertilizer.

Tour this dreamy LaJolla sanctuary.

Make a lemon and floral centerpiece.

How about making this beautiful naked cake with fresh berries and vanilla buttercream?

You will not want to miss this stunning colonial home on the bluff.

This spring fling tablescape is gorgeous!


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. Great flower shopping! I enjoy reading your blog because you live in the PNW. I live in Woodinville and am going to Flower World tomorrow! I think it is finally warm enough to plant annuals.

    1. I love meeting a fellow PNWer! I bought more plants at Costco the other day. Now the goal is to try and plant them all. I hope you had a great time buying plants at Flower World!

  2. Kim
    You work so hard and your garden is amazing. I would have had a hard time harvesting those tulips. I wish I lived close by to take advantage of your generosity. Have the best Sunday.

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