Saltwater Sounds Weekly: Home Again

Welcome to Saltwater Soundsa collection of ideas, tips, and inspiration. This is where I share all that’s been happening in the world of Shiplap and Shells, what’s to come and the inspiration I have found from other bloggers around the web.

Amalfi coast

This and That…

Happy Sunday and welcome to the blog. I’M HOME!

As much as we loved our trip to Italy and Greece, we are so incredibly happy to be home with the boys, Jax and Ollie, sleeping in our bed, and walking the garden again.

Our last stop was the Amalfi Coast and it did not disappoint.

I’m working on getting the vacation posts published as soon as possible and can’t wait to show you all that we experienced in Europe.

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dogs on the window seat

I know I’ve said this before but I REALLY missed my boys, Jax and Ollie. We were so lucky to have the most amazing housesitter who took such good care of them while we were gone.

dogs resting from playing ball

greenhouse and late spring cottage garden

A Walk in the Garden

There were a lot of surprises happening in the garden after 3 weeks.

I was actually more surprised by the flowers that were not blooming when we got home. I’ll share more about that in my latest blog post.

alliums in the garden

Because there was so much rainfall in May, I now have a lot of weeds to pull too.

The slugs ate some of my plants like the marigolds and dahlias, and the deer ate all the roses while we were gone. So I’ll make sure I go around and spread Sluggo for the slugs and spray Liquid Fence deer repellent around the roses.

dahlia wind spinners in the garden

Hopefully, if it stops raining this week I will be adding more annuals to the flower containers and window boxes. If you remember before our trip, I only had time to plant the geraniums that were overwintered in the greenhouse.

What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…

Here are last week’s blog posts and all that’s been happening at Shiplap and Shells.

June garden

Tour My Late-Spring Cottage Flower Garden

What is growing in your garden now that June is here? Come take a tour as I share my late spring cottage flower garden and see how it’s changed from last year.

vintage bike in the garden at sunset

June Gardening Tips and To-Dos

June is here with gorgeous garden blooms and summer is right around the corner. Here are some June gardening tips and to-dos for your Pacific Northwest garden.

Coming Your Way:

  • 10 Ways to Extend Your Vase Life
  • Managing Weeds in the Garden
  • Summer Home Tour Part 1

What would you like to see on my blog? Please leave me a comment and let me know.

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…

marinated tomatoes feta orzo salad jars

Tieghan of Half-Baked Harvest shared a recipe that I can’t wait to try. Marinated tomato feta orzo salad jars are simple and delicious and are no-cook, come together quickly, and with very little effort. You can even make them ahead of time for lunch or dinner.

pots on a potting bench

My good friend Rachel of The Ponds Farmhouse gives some great tips on how to make a potting bench more efficient.

table setting with floral arrangement and fruit

Courtney of French Country Cottage shares some French cottage table setting tips that you will not want to miss.

More Inspiration

This Dutch country home with a tiny house in the garden.

This simple salad recipe.

Transforming a Devon landscape into a stunning garden.

64 of the Best Books to Read This Summer.

Jenny house Vermont project.

Making the perfect peach pie.

A Tahoe treehouse.

This patriotic decor for the summer.

Homemade pizza bread recipe.

Housewarming gift ideas.

Decorating with vintage finds.

foxgloves in garden with greenhouse

An Oldie But a Goodie

Inspired by Blooms – June PNW Cottage Garden Tour

I’d love to hear from you! Leave me a comment and let me know what you’d like to see on the blog! Thank you for being here.

Until next time,

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead,

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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.

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  1. Your trip sounds like it was amazing! Italy and Greece are on my bucket list for sure. Can’t wait to see and hear more about everything you did! I’ll bet your boys are so happy to have you home! Are they leaving your side at all? LOL

  2. It sounds as if you had a most wonderful trip and I am so happy for you. I, like you, am always happy to get back home to our pups. I absolutely love your blog. And all the garden art takes my breath away. I have asked you about your fairy that is in your garden and I think you mentioned in your blog that you bought it from a local artist. Would you mind emailing me or responding here where you purchased it? I would love to get one for my garden. Thank you so much. Glad you are back home.

  3. Kim
    Those fur babies look so happy to have you home. I can’t wait to read your post on your amazing trip. I’m still so jealous. LOL Thanks for sharing my simple potting bench update. Welcome Home.

  4. I can’t wait to read all about your trip!! Your garden is looking spectacular!!
    I recently found Half Baked Harvest…like where have I been??? I think someone is going to take away my blogger card…how did I not know about her!!!

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