Saltwater Sounds Weekly Wrap-Up

Welcome to Saltwater Sounds, a weekly collection of ideas, tips, and inspiration. This is where I share all that’s been going on in the world of Shiplap and Shells, what’s to come and the inspiration I have found from other bloggers around the web. Enjoy!

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Hello there! HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SUMMER! And Happy Father’s Day!

I took some time off from the blog to enjoy a few days of Puget Sound boating.

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Saltwater Sounds boating trip

It was a rough start last Sunday as we were getting our things on board the boat for the week. We were not only unloading during the time when the heaviest amount of rain was falling that day, but it was also low tide so the ramp from the parking lot to the boat was as steep as it gets.

Let’s just say it was quite the challenge.

Saltwater Sounds kayak ride with Ollie

Every day got drier and warmer, and by Thursday, we were ready to go for Ollie’s first kayak ride. He did great by the way.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen Jax and Lucy riding with me in my kayak. We had a lot of fun.

Saltwater Sounds Gig Harbor lighthouse

Here’s a picture of the Gig Harbor lighthouse as we were boating into the harbor.

Saltwater Sounds dinghy ride in Poulsbo

Our other waterfront town of choice this trip was Poulsbo. Here we are in our dinghy, coming in from our boat anchored in the harbor.

Saltwater Sounds shopping with friends

We met my girlfriends in town for shopping and lunch. We had a great day!

I’m working on sharing more trip highlights in a new blog post for next week. But in the meantime, you can see last September’s boating adventures.

Saltwater Sounds cut flower garden in June

In the Garden

I am SHOCKED by the amount of growth I saw in the garden, and in less than a week. Here are some of the highlights.

Saltwater Sounds sweet peas

I planted 5 varieties of sweet peas this year. Only one of them, the variety Carlotta has bloomed, but I’ll take it! They grow so quickly that I am constantly tieing them to the trellis as they get taller.

Saltwater Sounds snapdragons

My Chantilly Mix Snapdragons are starting to bloom! I can’t believe how tall they got while we were gone. I am SO GLAD we put the netting down before we left.

Saltwater Sounds snapdragons

Here’s a picture of what they looked like last year in full bloom. WOW!

Saltwater Sounds hydrangeas

And how about those hydrangeas! They are going to be spectacular this year. I’ve had them for about 8 years and they have only been getting fabulous the last couple of years.

The best part of growing hydrangeas is drying them in the fall.

I’ve gotten many questions about how to grow hydrangeas. Morning sun is about all they can tolerate. They love the fish compost I add to the soil every year. And I personally don’t cut them back until I start seeing growth in the spring.

Saltwater Sounds greenhouse and Puget Sound view

Have you joined my Gardening Tips & Tricks group on Facebook? If you have, I would love for you to post some of your garden pictures so we can see what’s happening where you live!

What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…

Saltwater Sounds Summer coastal home tour


Are you looking for summer décor ideas and inspiration for your home? Welcome to my summer home tour with plenty of coastal cottage touches and beautiful blooms for the season.

Saltwater Sounds greenhouse in the summer


Are you ready for some summer garden and greenhouse inspiration? I can’t wait to share my 15 favorite summer cottage garden greenhouse views with you.

Coming Up on the Blog:

How to Create a Simply Stunning Summer Tablescape

Welcome to My June Garden

Our June Puget Sound Boating Adventures

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…

Saltwater Sounds garden-inspired tablescape Vintage Home Design

I am so in love with this! My friend Michele at Vintage Home Designs shares how she created a garden-inspired tablescape.

Saltwater Sounds summer cocktails My 100-year-old home

Leslie at My 100-Year-Old Home shares four different recipes for the prettiest drinks in the most gorgeous summer colors! How fun is that!?!?

Saltwater Sounds Dabbling and Decorating yard sale finds

My friend Ann at Dabbling and Decorating shares some clever ways to decorate with yard sale finds.

More Inspiration…

The perfect summer breakfast.

Outdoor summer living ideas.

DIY bee watering station.

The best way to seal your chalk paint project.

The beautiful way to show off your flowers for 4th of July.

Tropical summer tablescape.

How to choose the perfect outdoor rug.

How to make cleaning your house easier.

The perfect summer salad.

In Case You Missed It…

Saltwater Sounds greenhouse with dahlias


I’d love to hear from you! Leave me a comment and let me know what you’d like to see on the blog! Thank you for being here. It means the world.

Enjoy your weekend,


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  1. Always so much fun to follow along on your adventures, Kim! I can’t believe your dogs got on the boats. That is so cool! It looked like the perfect weekend to relax and unwind. I loved all your garden updates and can’t wait to see your hydrangeas bloom. They’re always a favorite! Hugs, CoCo

  2. Kim, how fun to take your dog kayaking! I just love all your photos this week. Thank you so much for featuring my summer breakfast. You are so sweet to do so. We are currently in Nantucket and enjoying the Atlantic Ocean. Hope to go kayaking this week!

  3. Kim, it looks like you had so much boating this week.and your gardens are always so beautiful. Thanks for the shoutout today too ??‍♀️

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