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Happy Memorial Day weekend to all my friends in the U.S. I hope you have some big plans. We don’t have much going on but we are planning on spending some much-needed time on the boat in the next week or so. The plan is to relax and unwind.
The rain has come and gone again and it looks like there are some great days ahead with the highs in the 70s. The perfect weather for us here in the Seattle area. Hopefully, we’ll be able to take a boat ride or go kayaking… or both!
I have missed my blog. May was so much busier in the garden than I had even imagined it would be. I hosted a bridal shower last Sunday on my deck. Except it rained.
We did get a little time outdoors though. It was so amazing to be with my girlfriends and to actually entertain again. I think I’ve gotten a bit rusty and forgot some things in regards to coordinating and organization, but I had plenty of friends to step in and help out.
My sweet friend Barbara at Mantel and Table helped me through the process with a wonderful guide for all the planning ideas I would need for the big event. What a huge help she was.
And I know this is a huge surprise but we ended up making too much food (cue the hysterical laughter).
I planted some of my seedlings in the community garden we are creating. Can’t wait to show you more as things progress.
In the Garden – Everything is getting so full and green right now. If you follow along on Instagram, you’ve seen the great deal I found at my local grocery store, Safeway. They were offering foxgloves for $5.99. So what did I do? What any decent gardener would do. I bought all that they had.
I do not know much about these stunning flowers, but I’m learning. And if I mess it up, they didn’t cost much so I don’t have to feel bad, right?
What do I do when I have questions about gardening? I ask the smart and talented gardeners from my Gardening Tips & Tricks group on Facebook. I do know that foxgloves are poisonous so I need to be extra careful with my dogs. And they are biennials and self-seed. And so much more.
They are a welcome addition to my garden at the time of year where the early spring flowers have finished blooming and the summer perennials have a way to go before they start showing up for the garden party.
What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…
When photographer Jay Wilde came to my home last July to take photos of my cottage garden, I had no idea it would be featured in TWO national magazines. I can’t wait to share the details with you.
If you’re looking for a deal you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a list of some of my favorite brands and what they are offering their customers during the holiday weekend.
Coming Up on the Blog:
Inspired by Blooms – Pacific Northwest June Cottage Garden Tour
My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web From Last Week…
I was so inspired by my friend Michele at Vintage Home Designs and how she styled her fabulous “peachy” summer tablescape.
I felt like my friend CoCo at The Crowned Goat wrote a “Summer Bucket List and Slowing Down” blog post JUST for me. She always finds a way to inspire me and gives me great things to think about.
How to take care of plants while on vacation.
A fabulous summer home tour.
How to plant a romantic English garden.
Outdoor DIY planter shelf.
This DIY raised garden bed idea.
Frozen old-fashioned slush recipe.
How to make fun fruit props.
How to hide cords.
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Enjoy your weekend,