Saltwater Sounds Weekly: It’s Beginning to Look A lot Like Summer

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.

greenhouse and raised beds in the garden

This and That

How was your first week of June?

Mine started with cold, rainy days and ended with a few beautiful sunny days. It really is amazing how much a perfect warm sunny day can lift your spirits and motivation.

I know I may sound like a broken record, but it has still been all about yard projects and garden work. I’ll show you the updates later in this post.

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at the concert sitting on the grass

But first, I took a break to see the Maren Morris concert at the St. Michelle Winery on Saturday night with friends. It was my first time visiting this venue, and I really enjoyed it.

There’s something to be said about spending quality time with your girlfriends!

coastal home decor

I’m really going to try to get out of the garden next week long enough to take pictures of our summer beach cottage.

coastal home decor in the living room

Here’s a glimpse, complete with a view of the car in the driveway. Pretty professional, right?

yard project putting paver path in the garden

This may be the longest yard project ever. At least, that’s how it feels at this moment.

The good news is that this is the last part of the pathway that needs to be finished.

greenhouse with raised beds in the garden

Our front yard is on a hill, so there is quite a slope in certain sections. The mole holes create even more uneven spots in the lawn.

Because of my issues with my knees and feet, it was becoming more dangerous for me. So we decided to have some paver paths with steps rather than the slippery stone that was put on a slope.

two raised beds in the garden

Here are the two newest raised beds from Epic Gardening.

When do you think it’s time to say you have enough garden beds in your garden (asking for a friend)?

greenhouse and gravel and paver patios

More updates next week, so come back to see more.

“My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant’s point of view.” – H. Fred Ale

garden fairy in the cottage garden

Around the Garden and Greenhouse

I am loving the garden right now. I spent the last few days bringing out all the yard art, like my garden fairies.

cut flower garden raised beds

Here’s a look at the cut flower garden.

The only blooms I see now are my marigolds and a few zinnias. But the young annual plants are starting to get tall.

Have you supported your tall plants early so they won’t fall over once they reach their maximum height?

The picture on the left is of the planter I got last fall from Dutch Crafters.

I’m growing white petunias and marigolds with potatoes in the back row.

vintage bike with flowers growing in the baskets

One of our vintage bikes is full of verbena, marigolds, petunias, and more growing in the baskets.

seating area in the cottage garden

I’ve been bringing out the outdoor pillows and furniture to create some summer seating areas.

Our deck was just oiled for the season so I’ll touch up that outdoor living space next. Do you have all your outdoor decor in the garden and patio yet?


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

lilliput zinnias growing in the garden
summer flowers in a vase
gardening planner

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My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web This Week

You are going to want to try these fabulous berry dessert recipes!

If you love peonies as much as I do, here are some tips and tricks.

Looking for inspiration? Kelsey Leigh Design Co. has a portfolio that will blow you away!

Check out 20+ budget summer table centerpieces.

This chilled raspberry soup recipe looks too pretty to eat.

Learn how to make a DIY flower frog using air dry clay.

Can you believe how easy this antique trunk restoration was? So beautiful.

If you’re looking for a simple 4th of July centerpiece, here’s one with red geraniums, my favorites!

This is a great post about collecting and displaying antique pottery and dishes.

What do you think of this green living room in London?

Maintaining a Cut Flower Garden eBook

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. Your yard is beautiful! I have goals to have mine look something like this, but I might be years off still.

    1. Hi Melanie,
      Thank you so much for the compliment. I’m sure your garden goals will be accomplished sooner than you think!

  2. Kim, your yard projects are looking great! I love the paver walkway and I can’t wait to see everything all done. A girls’ night out sounds so fun. I bet you had an amazing time. Thank you so much for sharing my 4th of July centerpiece. I appreciate you!

  3. I love your house Kim! The sneak peek of the interior – car and all – is great! And your garden of course is stunning! Thanks for the reminder to stake the tall things. Hope you’re having a lovely weekend!

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