Saltwater Sounds Weekly: Kicking Off April’s First Week

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.

pale pink peonies in the garden

This and That

How did you enjoy your first week of April?

It sounds like many of you are still experiencing winter-like weather and snow.

I loved this image from Ann at Dabbling and Decorating. It pretty much tells the story, doesn’t it? Tulips in the snow. I hope it warms up for all of you waiting for those springtime temperatures.

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home decor store Harbor Nest

I went spring decor shopping the other day and found the cutest things! For my local friends in Gig Harbor, here are some views of one of my favorite stores in town, Harbor Nest.

I have never walked out of this store empty-handed!

Not only do they have fun home decor but the cutest clothing as well.

home decor store Harbor Nest

If you’re a glass cloche or candle lover like me, you will have to come visit.

cut flower garden with bright tulips and god sleeping

Around the Garden and Greenhouse

I know. You’re probably tired of me showing you my tulips in the cut flower garden week after week. But this time is different!

And how can I NOT show you Ollie boy sunbathing in the garden?

raised beds filled with bright colored tulips

All the tulip bulbs are officially blooming! The yellow ones have finally bloomed, and the garden looks bright and beautiful! I am harvesting many of them today. I waited a bit too long on the red tulips but the yellow and purple bulbs look beautiful.

Soon, I’ll be planting the seedlings in these raised beds. I’m just waiting for the soil temperatures to warm up before transplanting.

cream daffodils with orange centers

The early-blooming daffodils are just about finished for the season, but the next round of blooms is in full force. All of these bright yellow daffodils in front of the greenhouse will be gone soon, and the alliums are looking like they’re getting closer to blooming.

I can’t wait!

Do you know when to cut down your spent spring bulb foliage? Timing is everything!

dividing dahlia tubers

Look at the fun I’ll be having next weekend! Yes, it’s time to divide the dahlia tubers.

April is the busiest month in the garden for sure! This is what we’re still focusing on:


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

new striped jute rug

What I’m Loving This Week

I didn’t have much time this week to shop online like usual, but I bought this rug from Amazon and love how it looks in our living room. We just put it down last night so I could show you.

I’m ready to get my home back in that beachy, coastal vibe, and this rug will do just that!

eBook freebie on sowing seed timing

Stay tuned because I will be giving away a new freebie next week. I’m so excited to share it with you! I know it will help you stay organized in the garden this year.

In the meantime, I still have the freebies for:

eBook for sale

If you need help GROWING a cut flower garden, my newest eBook is available for $12.00.

Look for another eBook on MAINTAINING a cut flower garden, which is going on sale May 1st.

From the Blog

black-eyed Susans and daisies in the  garden

Do you dream of having your own flower garden but feel overwhelmed by the thought of starting one? This guide to flower gardening for beginners will show you everything you need to start a garden and how to maintain it to get the best results… CONTINUE READING.

reddish orange coneflower

Do you love growing a flower garden but are overwhelmed by all the work it takes to maintain and care for it? Today, I’m sharing my favorite perennial plant options to create the low-maintenance garden you’ve always dreamed of…CONTINUE READING.

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‘Growing a Cut Flower Garden’ Series

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web This Week

You are going to LOVE this gorgeous country home! Talk about inspiration!

These cute decoupage trinket oyster shells are fun to create and just as fun to give as gifts.

Salvia is a great low-maintenance flower anyone can grow.

Here’s how to make a faux topiary look real!

How delicious does this avocado bacon chicken salad with jalapeño honey mustard sound?

20 essential decorating measurements you need to know.

Check out this great guide to thrifting and decorating with secondhand finds.

I got a lot of ideas from this fabulous home.


Seed Starting Supplies

Check out my favorite supplies and tools for starting seeds indoors. Whether you’re looking for grow lights or a seed starting mix, you’ll find what I use in my own greenhouse.

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. Hi Connie,
      I wish I knew the exact variety. I took that picture when I was visiting the Roche Harbor Resort garden. It almost looks like a henry Sass peony but I can’t be completely sure. I have never had any trouble when using a deer repellent as far as the deer eating my tulips. But a high fence sounds like a great plan!

  1. Hi Kim, love that you change out your living room rug almost seasonally. The new one looks great with your decor! Hasn’t the change in weather kept us all inside?! Am waiting for it to get above 60 again so I can apply weed and feed to my lawn. Nancy

    1. Hi Nancy! I love changing my living room rug by season! I do love displaying a jute rug in the summer to have that beach cottage vibe going on. This weekend’s weather is great for National Gardening Day but I’m staying in sick unfortunately. Hope you get out there and have a great day!

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