Saltwater Sounds Weekly: It’s Officially Fall

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.

This and That…

Hello Fall! It’s still hard for me to believe that we’re here already and that October is right around the corner.

The morning and evening air here is crisp. Days are becoming shorter and shorter. But we are still having the most gorgeous weekend with a high today of 75°F. It should drop down to the high 60s mid-week.

I want to thank you for the kind comments and emails sent to me last week. I’m having a bit of a technical glitch and am unable to reply to comments at the moment. Please know that I will get back to everyone who sent them.

asters and sedum autumn joy

My summer flowers are fading away while asters and sedum autumn joy are getting more colorful and vibrant.

Life starting to get back to normal…at least as normal as can be during this time. I’m looking forward to finding more of a routine now that summer is over.

As an Amazon affiliate, I earn from qualifying purchases at no extra cost to you. My blog contains other affiliate links as well for your convenience. Click here to read my privacy policy.

entrance to cut flower garden

A Walk Through the Garden

I’ve been lucky enough to spend time in the garden for some much-needed garden therapy. And I took pictures of what’s blooming these days.

dahlias in the cut flower garden and greenhouse

The dahlias are the stars of the show and will continue to bloom until the first frost (usually not until November) or until a heavy rain storm blows through.

purple dahlia dinner plate

Check out the biggest dahlia dinner plate I’ve ever seen in my garden.

strawflowers in the cut flower garden

I’ll be drying more strawflowers this week. I planted seeds from the plants growing in my garden last year and I can’t wait to do the same again next year.

marigolds and gold dahlias in front of greenhouse
gold dahlias

I love these gorgeous gold-colored blooms for fall.

purple hydrangea bush

So this is strange…

This hydrangea bush never bloomed with the others this season. As you can probably see, there were about 3 hydrangea heads on this bush that bloomed on time and are drying up.

The rest of the blooms are new, from the last couple of weeks, and new blooms are still budding. Have you ever seen anything like this when it comes to hydrangeas?

hydrangea bush

Here you can see the difference between the 2 hydrangea bushes. The one on the left is on its way out while the other one is trying to make up for lost time.

I’ll be “fallifying” all the flower containers this week (hopefully). Here are a couple of pics from last year.

green metal vintage chair with fall annuals and pumpkins

A Couple in Need

I have never done this on my blog and I hope I won’t offend anyone by posting this.

A friend of mine is a reverse mortgage broker and her clients are an elderly couple that may be losing their home unless they get some help.

The reason for this is because of a bad lender who never explained to them what a balloon loan really was. On top of this, two heart surgeries and Covid made things worse.

My friend Rebecca has set up a Go Fund Me page for this couple where there was a video with more information about this couple’s situation.

Antique Candles are On Sale Through Today

Now is the time to stock up on fall candles with this “Buy 2 Candles Get 1 Free” sale.

Not only that but shipping is free on all contiguous U.S. orders!

Shop All Candles HERE!

What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…

open shelving with fall decor and fresh seasonal flowers

How Vintage Inspired Fall Decor Adds Character to Your Home

Looking for some autumn decor inspiration? Mixing vintage pieces with your fall decor adds warmth and character to your home. Take a look at how I used my vintage treasures to decorate for the fall season.

spring tulips in a raised bed

10 Tips and Tricks for Planting Stunning Spring-Blooming Bulbs in the Fall Season

Are you already looking forward to a garden full of beautiful blooms next spring but not sure where to start? Here are some tips for planting spring-blooming bulbs this fall and setting your spring garden up for success.

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…

The Inspired Room fall porch

Who’s ready for some fall porch inspiration? My friend Melissa at The Inspired Room shares her fall front porch, complete with seasonal flowers and an amazing lantern for 2022.

caramel apple butter cake with chocolate frosting

I can’t wait to try this cake next week for a party I’m going to. Tieghan at Half Baked Harvest always blows me away with her incredible recipes. This old-fashioned caramel apple butter cake with chocolate frosting is a perfect dessert for the fall season.

pumpkin topiary

Have you ever seen a pumpkin topiary? Wendy of WM Design House shares how to make the easiest outdoor pumpkin topiary perfect for fall.

More Inspiration

This beautiful home.

How to make a ceramic bowl look like stone.

These amazing baked pears.

How to make a pumpkin garland.

How to make mums last longer.

A unique spin on fall garland.

This country colonial home.

Fall monthly bucket list.

This delicious sweet potato clam chowder recipe.

An Oldie But a Goodie

geraniums in the greenhouse

4 Easy Options for Overwintering Your Geraniums

cosmos in the cut flower garden

8 Mistakes I Made in My Cut Flower Garden This Year

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 you a wonderful week ahead,


If you’ve enjoyed this blog post, please pin and share this on Pinterest.

Let’s Connect on Social Media

Similar Posts


  1. Everything about your garden makes me feel hopeful no matter what situation or season of life I find myself in sweet friend. I love all the beautiful blooms you share and how they highlight your gorgeous view and greet those on foot and by boat. Thinking of you and lifting you up as you transition from summer to fall. It’s been a long week and I’m excited to take a break and dive into your links. Big hugs, CoCo PS: Thank you for sharing my bucket list post!

  2. Kim, your garden is so beautiful. You have discovered your passion and you have a gift for it. Your flowers are so gorgeous and I can imagine sitting and just enjoying the view.

  3. Kim, I could look at photos of your garden all day. The vibrancy of your dahlias is incredible. I’m so happy to welcome fall and a change in the weather. Thanks for all the inspiration this week. xo

  4. This may be a repeat comment as I was trying to comment on my phone and was having issues.
    I pray that you are feeling ok, my friend. I have been thinking about you with the loss of your mom.
    Your garden still looks so beautiful, and I have never seen a hydrangea do that, but lucky you.
    Thank you for featuring my topiary today; so sweet of you.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *