Random This & That
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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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.
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.
Here’s a picture of the Gig Harbor lighthouse as we were boating into the harbor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here’s a picture of what they looked like last year in full bloom. WOW!
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.
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…
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.
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…
I am so in love with this! My friend Michele at Vintage Home Designs shares how she created a garden-inspired tablescape.
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!?!?
My friend Ann at Dabbling and Decorating shares some clever ways to decorate with yard sale finds.
The perfect summer breakfast.
Outdoor summer living ideas.
The best way to seal your chalk paint project.
The beautiful way to show off your flowers for 4th of July.
How to choose the perfect outdoor rug.
How to make cleaning your house easier.
The perfect summer salad.
In Case You Missed It…
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Enjoy your weekend,