Saltwater Sounds Weekly: Hello July

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.


This and That…

Hello July! I still can’t believe you’re here.

This is my very favorite month of the year. It’s when the cut flower garden starts blooming and when my cottage garden pops with every color you could imagine.

It’s my birthday month, my anniversary month, and when we practically live out on our deck! So here’s to the kayak rides, barbecues, boat rides, and endless fresh-cut floral arrangements. Are you with me?

4th of July parade

And let’s not forget to mention the 4th of July! Happy Independence Day to all my U.S. friends. I hope you have some fun plans to celebrate this patriotic holiday.

4th of July parade

We have a 4th of July parade that goes down our street every year in the morning. It is the most fun to see the community celebrating by walking, driving, and dancing down our street.

4th of July parade band

We even have a band playing next door.

fun at the 4th of July parade

We always have a breakfast get-together to watch the parade and it’s always my favorite day of the year.

evening view of the garden for 4th of July

Do you have any traditions for the 4th of July? What are your plans?

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zinnias and lupine in the cut flower garden

Around the Garden and Greenhouse

Here’s a look around the cut flower garden. The zinnias are blooming and looking pretty good. I do have some in a wine barrel that look like they are diseased so I took off all the leaves that were affected and sprayed them with neem oil. Fingers crossed.

cut flower garden

There’s a lot of growth in the raised beds right now. All the flowers are growing at different rates right now.

sweet peas in the cut flower garden

The cream and lavender sweet peas are blooming but the fuchsia ones are slow to bloom this season. Oh and how I love the smell!

strawflowers in the raised beds

Here are some strawflowers in the raised beds.

hydrangeas blooming

Hello, hydrangeas!


I can’t tell you how excited I am that my hydrangeas are blooming. Do you dry yours in late summer/ early fall?

Frilly sunflower growing in the cottage garden

The lupines are gorgeous. This is the first year that they have actually done well. I’ve had problems with the germinating and blooming in the past.

Here’s my first Frilly sunflower.


Daisies in bloom.

cosmos in the cut flower garden

The cosmos starting to take off.

bright pink zinnias growing in wine barrel

And last but not least, here are more beautiful zinnias.

My Favorite Finds and Deals This Week

summer outdoor patio furniture

The Shiplap and Shells Collection

Caron’s Beach House and I have partnered to bring you the Shiplap and Shells Collection, featuring outdoor pillows, rugs, garden stools, throws, and more!

summer outdoor patio furniture

Most items are on sale and prices on the site reflect the discount.

summer outdoor patio furniture

Use code SHELLS20 to get 20% off any rug in the collection.

chair with white and black The Loomia beach towel

The Loomia Sale

The Loomia is having a special sale event thru July 3rd. Use code “JULY40” to get 40% off of your second item

Choose from towels, blankets, women’s casualwear, and more!

From the Blog

greenhouse with dahlias and strawflower

16 Plant Favorites for a Picture-Perfect Cottage Garden

If you’re feeling overwhelmed with choosing the perfect plants for your charming cottage garden, you’re not alone. Selecting the right plants is key to creating the beautiful cottage-style outdoor setting you’ve been dreaming of. I’ll be sharing my top plant favorites that are guaranteed to bring you the picture-perfect cottage garden you’ve always dreamed of.

June to dos

July Gardening Tips and To-Dos for the Pacific Northwest

This is the time of year when your garden is growing the most beautiful blooms and you start enjoying the benefits of your hard work. There’s still plenty to do during these summer months so here are some July gardening tips and to-dos for your Pacific Northwest garden to get you started.

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Until next time,

Wishing a week full of joy, kindness, and peace.


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  1. Happy July 4th!!
    Your garden is simply stunning…I am having the same problem with some zinnias so thanks so much for the tip of using neem oil….I will be buying some tomorrow…Thanks for sharing your beautiful garden!!

  2. Happy Fourth of July! It’s one of my favorite days of the year. We spend it at the lake. There is a boat parade and fireworks. It’s the epitome of small town America celebrating our country. Your garden is amazing!

  3. Kim
    Congratulations on you collaboration and that parade looks like so much fun. I can see why it’s your favorite day of the year. Have a wonderful 4th.

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