Saltwater Sounds Weekly: Happy Memorial Day Weekend

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patriotic decor along greenhouse pathway

This and That

Happy Memorial Day to all my friends in the United States. I hope you’re enjoying your extended weekend.

Memorial Day message

Let’s take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices made by those who have served our country. This weekend is a time for remembrance and to embrace the new beginnings this season brings.

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Pottery Barn quilts

I did some shopping at Pottery Barn last week and found many cute summer things! And the best thing is THEY’RE HAVING A SALE!

Up to 50% off outdoor furniture.

Pottery Barn  robes

Up to 60% off pillows and decor.

Pottery Barn tabletop

Up to 60% off tabletop and bar.

Pottery Barn tabletop
flower container

Around the Garden and Greenhouse

I finally finished planting all the flower containers. I would have finished a long time ago, but I have this problem. I keep buying more and more flowers.

garden beds

The fence garden beds are all planted. We decided to add this section on the other side of the gate to balance things out. I bought a few perennials, but most of the plants were from existing ones that we had divided. I can’t wait until they fill in and start blooming.

yard project creating a new pathway

We removed the stone and will replace it with pavers matching the cut flower garden inside the white picket fence.

For safety, a few steps will also be installed where the yard slopes the most. I can’t wait to see how it’s going to look. This is the last big project we have left, and hopefully, it will be done soon.

cut flower garden seedlings growing in raised beds

The cut flower annuals are growing, but the temperatures have been cooler this May, so the seedlings are not as far along as I had hoped. Three of my zinnia varieties, which are still so small, are in the closest raised bed.

To the left is the chocolate lace flower dara. They’re growing tall! Do you remember last year when the volunteers were growing up through the pavers and without water?

fuchsia rhododendron

My favorite rhododendron tree is blooming. It’s an incredible view!

cottage kitchen with fuchsia rhododendron seen through the window

It also looks amazing from the kitchen. I can never get a great shot of the color indoors, but trust me, it looks stunning in person.

purple allium with bees pollinating

The alliums are still holding on. This flower head was one of the last to bloom. At this time of year, the bees love both the allium and the rhododendron plants.

light purple clematis growing

I bought this clematis above just a few weeks ago. I love the unique color!

Here are the first peony plants to start blooming.

Coreopsis growing in the garden

Coreopsis is blooming in the garden and is the season’s first yellow pop of color.


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

cottage style garden blooming in the summer with coneflower, blazing star, and lilies
bright dahlias growing in the garden with greenhouse
gardening planner

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My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web This Week

Check out this gorgeous dining room!

I’m loving these pretty DIY flower napkin rings.

Upcycle Thrifted Vases: Chic Style (With Napkins) (Magnolia Market Inspired)

4th of July Home Decorating Ideas to Add to Your Home

This gorgeous home in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Simple Ideas for Spring Kitchen Table Decor Centerpieces

flags hanging in the cottage garden

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. Everything is beautiful! Your garden is so magical, I want to get lost in it. Thank you for sharing your beautiful spot of land.

  2. Always so fun to catch up with you Kim! Your garden is stunning! I can’t wait to see what your new path will look like – your home is so beautiful and a perfect expression of its owner! Have a lovely weekend my friend!

    1. I am so sorry! I will am responding to your comment now. I needed to get the answer from my hubby as he put the poles up. Thank you for your patience.

    1. I hope you had a fabulous Memorial Day weekend Rachel! I can’t wait to try creating one of your vases. They are so pretty!

  3. Please give me detail about holding string lighting. Please.
    I currently are tying my lights from tree to tree. You got it. It isn’t working!
    Are they buried? How are the tops trimmed? trim wood.
    Any help will be appreciated. So enjoy the gardens lite at night!

    1. Each lighting pole application is unique. For example, the poles that are supporting my lights around the white picket fence are 2×4 pressure treated lumber. They are attached to the structure of the picket fence giving them adequate strength. The top piece is a cap that was made from a 4×4 post that was cut to fit.
      The lighting support post we’re about to install will be a 4×4 piece for strength because it will be buried in the ground. The ultimate way to do this would be with cement but since it’s in my garden we will bury it 2-2 1/2 feet deep using a post pole digger. We used a white stain rather than paint so it would last longer and peel less. The lighting was attached to the post with 3/4 in. hot-dip galvanized staples.
      Please forgive the late response. Let me know if you have any other questions and also feel free to email me at

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