Saltwater Sounds Weekly: Hello April

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.

inside greenhouse view with seedlings

This and That…

Hello April! We’ve been waiting for you.

I’ve been in Palm Springs for a few days with some of my girlfriends. It rained the first day, but the sun was out Friday and Saturday, and we’ve been hanging by the pool. It’s been so nice!

Here are some of the pics I took on my short daily walk.

I did well with my knee while traveling. I ordered a wheelchair because my stamina is not where it used to be, and I’m so glad I did!

View from Palm Springs air bnb

Here’s the morning view from my room.

I’ve been doing my PT exercises and icing just like I would be at home. It’s been great to get away for a few days. We’re headed back tonight.

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zinnia seedlings in the greenhouse

Around the Garden and Greenhouse

The greenhouse is at full capacity these days. I just sowed the sunflower seeds indoors so the birds don’t mess with them. It seemed to work pretty well last year.

I may be crazy, but I don’t think my seedlings look any bigger than they did the past few years without any grow lights.

Other than the sweet peas, cosmos, and zinnias, the other seedlings are still tiny.

tulips in the raised beds

The tulips in the cut flower garden raised beds are starting to take off.

I even see some blooms trying to make their way out. I can’t wait to show you them next week!

I divide these primroses every year, and they still double in size each spring. They are a beautiful color, and eventually, my entire garden will be full of them in the spring,

The hyacinth spring bulbs are at the top of their game right now. I planted these last year and absolutely love the colors.

The daffodils are the star of the show in my garden right now.

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From the Blog

April gardening pin graphic

April Gardening Tips and To-Dos in the Pacific Northwest

Are you having trouble figuring out what needs to be done in the garden now that spring has finally arrived? The garden needs a lot of love, and there’s so much to do to prepare for this year’s growing season. Today I’m sharing my April gardening tips and to-dos for your Pacific Northwest garden.

summer cosmos growing in the garden

21 Deer Resistant Plants for the 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 21 deer-resistant plants that will thrive in your garden and resist the temptation of deer.

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web This Week

peonies in crocks

If you love peonies, you will love Leslie at My 100-Year-Old Home‘s blog post about peonies.

The ultimate dessert grazing board.

pull apart baked French toast

Looking for a great Easter breakfast idea? Tieghan at half-Baked Harvest shares a pull apart french toast that is incredibly easy.

This naturally vintage Easter table setting.

DIY decoupaged Easter egg

CoCo at The Crowned Goat is sharing the prettiest DIY monogrammed Easter eggs ever!

These butler pantry design ideas.

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. Your trip sounds wonderful – so glad you got to go and enjoy some sun and warmth! And your beautiful gardens always ispired me! Thanks for another round of loveliness, and hope you have a great week!

  2. Your garden, home, and especially the greenhouse just take my breath away. Someday, I will be knocking on your door asking for a tour. I just can’t get enough of your pictures. Glad your knee is better.

    1. You are so sweet Tammy! I would love to give you a personal type anytime. Thank you for the kind complements. You made my day. ?

  3. I didn’t realize that primroses were perennials and spread. Thanks for sharing. Now I’m excited to plant some. Hugs and blessings to you, my friend.

    1. They are so pretty and I can’t believe how many I have in my garden from just 2 original plants! Thanks Renae. ?

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