Random This & That
I hope you’ve been enjoying your summer!
I’ve taken some time off to enjoy life, protect the garden from the triple-digit heatwave we experienced here in the Pacific Northwest, and celebrate the 4th of July holiday. It seems like so much has happened in such a short amount of time!
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Since moving here, my favorite day of the year has become the 4th of July. Our community knows how to celebrate in a BIG way. Here you can see my greenhouse all decked out for the holiday.
Each year, we enjoy watching the community parade as it makes its way down our street. Anyone who wants to participate can join in on the fun. There are vintage cars, fire engines, tractors (lots of tractors), floats, and people marching down the street, throwing candy.
Many of my friends and I watch from our deck and the lawn.
We even have a band that plays next door!
Here are some of my friends enjoying the parade in front of our home.
In the Garden
After the record-breaking heat we experienced here (95-110 degrees for 3 days), we’re now back to our cooler, more normal temperatures. They actually seem cooler than normal for July, but I’ll take it. Seriously…I’ll never complain again about the rain either.
Sadly, my garden does not know what is going on with the temperature swing. Some plants like my dahlias and black-eyed Susans haven’t even bloomed yet.
The good news is that most of my plants made it through the heat. A few weren’t happy at the time and have some burnt leaves, but I was pleased with the way the shade clothes I purchased protected the garden.
My snapdragons, daisies, and hydrangeas are the show stoppers these early days of July. The phlox, zinnias, and cosmos are looking good as well. We just have a few more blooms we are waiting for, especially the dahlias.
I’ll be sharing a blog post next week showing you what the garden is looking like at the beginning of July. So much will change in the next couple of weeks.
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!
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What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…
Do you worry about what a sudden summer heatwave could do to your plants? Here are 9 ways you can protect your garden from extreme heat and the stress it has on your favorite plants.
Are you looking for some simple outdoor tablescape ideas for summer? I’ll share our inspirational picture for this month’s “Pinterest Challenge” with you, and how I used glass bottles, fresh flowers, and candles to create a beautiful summer table.
Coming Up on the Blog:
What’s Blooming in the Early Summer Cottage Garden
How to Attract Hummingbirds and Butterflies to Your Garden
My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…
My friend Courtney at French Country Cottage creates the most beautiful arrangements using grocery store flowers.
My best gardening buddy, Stacy Ling at Bricks ‘n Blooms gives you a tour of her New Jersey garden in the early summer.
The perfect charcuterie board.
A beautiful vintage dishware set.
Summer outdoor dining ideas.
A yummy summer salad.
Really good seasoned pretzels.
A summer cocktail recipe.
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Enjoy your weekend,