Saltwater Sounds Weekly: Saying Goodbye to July

Welcome to Saltwater Sounds, a collection of ideas, tips, and inspiration. This is where 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.

This and That…

Thanks for being here today. What are you up to on this last weekend of July?

It’s hard to believe that this month is just about gone. The garden is at its best right now with all the summer blooms. I can’t wait to share the latest garden tour on the blog next week.

One of my favorite things about summer is bringing fresh flowers indoors. And the gladiolus didn’t disappoint this year.

I’ll be honest. I was torn about harvesting them because they were so beautiful in the garden.

Last week was so much fun! My friends took me to a birthday lunch at the Netshed in Gig Harbor and then we went shopping at the Harbor Nest.

This was my first time here (I’m so sad I waited this long…thanks for the recommendation Kelly!) and there were so many fun home decor and clothing items.

I took home a few glass cloches and a sweater. I’m not sure what the sudden obsession is with cloches but I now have so many I don’t know where to put them.

But I’m sure I’ll figure it out.

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Around the Garden

The cafe au lait dahlias are looking beautiful in the garden, along with all the other dahlias.

As you can see, the yarrow is blooming and it looks beautiful growing next to the bright and beautiful zinnias.

I didn’t show much of the garden this week because I’m working on the early summer garden tour post which will be out next week so stay tuned.

My favorite thing this week in the garden: the yarrow blooming.

My least favorite thing: the moles! They are literally ripping up my lawn and displacing the flowers in my flower bed in front of the greenhouse.

My least favorite runner-up is the sweet peas slowly fading. I will miss them.

Big News for Gardeners!

Next Tuesday, August 1 at 9 a.m. PDT, Floret Flowers will be having their big hardy annual seed sale featuring dozens of long-stemmed, fragrant sweet peas varieties, easy-to-grow hardy annuals, and some new treasures! 

Around Our Beach Cottage

I told you that I am on a glass cloche shopping spree. Here’s one of them that I bought at a shop in Poulsbo. I can’t remember which one, sorry. Don’t you love the shape?

What I’m Loving Right Now

We are always running out of ice and I want to buy this nugget ice maker for the house and boat.

I got a ton of compliments when I wore this last week.

This coastal-inspired Melamine dinnerware set for summer.

This creative take on solar pathway lighting.

A plastic seed storage box for the seeds I didn’t use this season and the seeds I’ll collect from my garden’s cut flowers.

From the Blog

Natural and Organic Methods for Pest Control in the Garden

Do you have annoying pests in your garden but don’t want to use harsh chemicals on your plants? I’m sharing some natural and organic methods that will help control pests in the garden and give you peace of mind.

Your Ultimate Guide to Begin Planning for Christmas in July

Is Christmas the last thing on your mind this summer? I can see why it would be with the summer heat, barbeques, and the sand between your toes. But you may change your mind when you hear how stress-free your holidays can be just by starting to plan for Christmas in July.

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web This Week

How to make these homemade candles with scallop seashells.

Stunning design inspiration.

How to make a chicken coop.

Edible favorites for your cutting garden.

Learn how to style your dough bowl this summer.

I’m trying this recipe for dinner this week. Can’t wait!

What better way to celebrate summer than with peach sangria?

Find out how to freeze fresh herbs here.

How about some iced coffee with ice cream? Yes, please.

Peachy summer table decor ideas.

How to create the ultimate summer salsa bar.

Peach recipes for summer.

Easy ways to maintain your raised garden beds.

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. I have been obsessed with waking up and running outside to see what new dahlia has bloomed. LOL! But I have also really enjoyed harvesting my veggies, the colors this season are so amazing. It has been such a fun JULY.

  2. Happy belated birthday, Kim! It sounds like you had a wonderful birthday lunch! I always love seeing pictures of your garden! Thanks so much for sharing my post on maintaining raised beds! Have a blessed week! 🌸💖

  3. Kim, Happy Sunday and belated birthday wishes! It sounds like you had a very fun week! Love all your flowers and that yarrow is just beautiful. We are getting ready to plant here at the cabin and I hope to have some hydrangeas, peonies and lilacs. If we were here more often, I’d consider a flower garden but I would need you to come and help me figure it out! Have a great week.

  4. Loved reading your blog while living on the east side in Redmond and still love it now that I’m in Idaho. Just trying to learn what flowers grow here in all the sun!!!

  5. I always love seeing what’s bloomgn’ in your gardens, Kim. SO pretty! Thank you for sharing a link to my summer salsa bar. I appreciate it!

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