Saltwater Sounds Weekly: June Beginnings

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.

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Hello June! We’ve been waiting for you!

This is one of my favorite months of the year. The garden looks lush, and the cut flowers show promise! I have two official zinnia blooms in my raised beds…it’s the little things that warm my heart.

We’re crossing our fingers that our yard projects will be completed by the end of next week.

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lavender in a vintage galvanized bucket on the table

June is a fabulous month with plenty to look forward to. Here are some highlights:

  • Longer Days and Warmer Weather: Enjoy more daylight hours, perfect for outdoor activities, gardening, and evening strolls.
  • Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables: Fresh produce, such as strawberries, cherries, and peaches, are in season.
  • Outdoor Activities and Events: Festivals, farmers markets, outdoor concerts, and community events become more frequent.
  • Gardening Opportunities: This is an ideal time to plant summer flowers, vegetables, and herbs and to maintain and enjoy your garden.
  • Vacation and Travel: It’s a great time to plan vacations, weekend getaways, or day trips to enjoy the sunny weather.
  • National Holidays and Observances: In the U.S., Flag Day (June 14th) and Father’s Day (the third Sunday in June) are occasions for celebration and family gatherings.
  • Outdoor Entertaining: Perfect season for barbecues, picnics, and outdoor dining with friends and family.
  • Home Improvement Projects: Longer days and warmer weather make tackling DIY projects and improvements around the house easier.
  • Health and Wellness: More opportunities for outdoor exercise, such as running, cycling, and yoga in the park.
yellow zinnia bloom in garden

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt”.

Margaret Atwood
working on taking grass out of the garden space

As if I didn’t have enough happening in the yard, I decided to create a pumpkin patch in my side yard.

new garden pumpkin patch created

Here’s the view above with the grass removed and fish compost added to the garden space. I’ll grow white pumpkins, mini pumpkins for decorating indoors, and wildflowers.

As I’m writing this, we have four new mole holes in these new garden beds now. They are absolutely relentless this season. No space that is off-limits to them. These pesky creatures are feasting on all my worms and keep coming back for more.

seashells in wooden bowl for summer decor

I have this thing about shells. They make me smile!

mix of seashells

Some say I have an obsession, but I call it a passion for the beach cottage coastal vibe at this time of year.

vintage glass container with sand and shells inside

I love this piece that I found years ago at an antique mall.

flowers in vintage container in the garden

Around the Garden and Greenhouse

I have spent the last few weeks planting, creating new garden beds, weeding, you name it.

greenhouse in the summer with vintage bike

My favorite thing to do is pull all the vintage garden decor out of the garage and strategically place it throughout my garden spaces.

I’m going to spray paint some beat-up iron furniture this week and can’t wait to share with you where I put it next week!


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

coneflowers in the garden
kitchen eating area with rhododendrons blooming outside the window
vintage bike with flowers growing in the basket in the garden

June is here, bringing gorgeous garden blooms and signaling that summer is approaching. The Pacific Northwest region has plenty of gardening tasks and tips to remember. Whether you’re an experienced gardener or just starting out, I’ve got some June gardening tips and to-dos for your garden…CONTINUE READING.

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My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web This Week

Check out these cozy goals for the summer.

Here’s a recipe for the best tender smoked country style pork ribs.

This charming space feels like the setting of a Nancy Meyers film.

I’m loving these smart kitchen organizing ideas

How about these homemade honey garlic parmesan biscuits?

This equestrian oasis is a gorgeous Jenny Martin Design project.

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. Kim, you’ve been a busy lady! My knees and back hurt just reading about all of your gardening projects! I can’t wait to see everything once it’s done.

    Thank you so much for sharing a link to my smoked pork ribs. If you ever try them I’d love to know what you and Mr. S&S think.

    Hope you have a great week!

    1. I will definitely be happy when our bigger garden projects are completed! It should be soon I hope. I can’t wait to try your rib recipe, which is a favorite of my husbands. Thanks for following along Jen!

  2. I imagine you are in hog heaven with that garden. Love seeing all your photos on IG. Checked out some of your links too and you are right, that home is a total Nancy Meyer vibe. My fave! Happy weekend.

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