Saltwater Sounds Weekly: Wrapping Up April

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greenhouse and cottage garden

This and That

And what an April it has been!

The month has flown by for me, how about you?

A lot happened in the garden this past week, but I still have so much to do. And it doesn’t help that it’s been raining so much here in Seattle.

Today, I’m sharing what is blooming in the garden, what has been planted, and some pics of the Palm Springs swimming pool and outdoor spaces we enjoyed last weekend.

So let’s go…

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in the hot tub

I could get used to waking up and going hot tubbing every morning on a beautiful sunny day, with nothing to do but relax and enjoy my friends’ company.

I brought my computer to Palm Springs but was only on it for about an hour in four days.

Eight of us stayed in this house and spent most of our days sitting by the pool or swimming to cool off. The temperature was in the mid to high 90s and hit 100°F. by the last day.

swimming pool area in Palm Springs

It didn’t feel too hot as long as we were near the pool.

We love taking this annual trip to Palm Springs. It’s such a nice escape from all the winter rain, and we really have a great time together.

Costco selling plants

I have never seen this before!

After my physical therapy appointment (that’s another story), I ran to Costco to pick up a few things and look at what I found!

Costco selling plants

I’ve never seen so many plants at one time. Needless to say, I bought quite a few things for the garden on this trip.

  • foxglove
  • begonias
  • lilac shrub
  • dianthus
  • petunias
  • marigolds
  • lupine
  • lavender topiaries

I started PT again last week.

My “new” knee is still hurting after a year. It hurts to go up and down the stairs, bend, sit, and get back up…basic stuff. You should see me try to get up off the ground when I’m gardening. It’s hysterical!

So, I’m trying to strengthen my new knee and work on my broken-down knee, which will be replaced in October. I’ll let you know how it goes. Wish me luck!

lilac blossom

Around the Garden and Greenhouse

There’s a lot to talk about!

The garden has so many blooms, and I’ve bought so many fun plants in the last few weeks. I’ve also transplanted my seedlings to the cut flower garden raised beds! Finally!

cottage garden view in April

Here’s a look at the garden from the greenhouse patio.

cottage garden view

This is the view from the other side.

transplanting seedlings in the raised beds

The seedlings were planted in the raised beds last week.

It’s amazing how small the seedlings look right now. They looked so much bigger when they were in the greenhouse!

seedlings growing in the raised beds

Now we wait.

seedlings growing in the raised beds

We’re having a fence put around the front yard, hopefully next week. Jax is always a good boy and stays with me, but Ollie is more of a free spirit and wanders too much.

When the fence is installed, I will have additional garden beds to plant more things, and I’m getting two new raised beds to put in front of my greenhouse, so I did keep some seedlings aside for those projects.

Blackhaw Viburnum

We have this gorgeous Blackhaw Viburnum tree that’s blooming right now.

Blackhaw Viburnum bloom

Isn’t it pretty?

bugleweed growing in the garden

And this bugleweed is gorgeous this time of year but doesn’t have a long bloom time. I love the color.

purple azalea

Here’s one of our azaleas in full bloom.

lilac tree in the cottage garden

One of the three lilac trees in our garden is now blooming.

allium bloom

I’ve been talking about the allium getting ready to bloom for weeks. And it’s finally here! These are growing all around the greenhouse patio.

cottage garden with foxgloves growing

I bought these plants at Costco. The plant above is Digiplexis ‘Berry Canary.

I planted the Lupine and Diantus in the garden on Friday. They brought so much color to my outdoor spaces.

lavender plant

I also bought some lavender topiaries and planted them in containers for height.

spring flower containers

Garden Supplies and Tools

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yellow black-eyed Susans and sunflowers in the cut flower garden
purple and blue hydrangea blooms

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My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web This Week

Have you ever heard of needle felting? My friend Elizabeth has started a new Instagram page, giving you all the tips and making it look so easy!

Check out this step-by-step guide on how to make gorgeous floral arrangements.

Give your garden timeless charm with antique accents.

This savory crockpot bourbon meatball recipe looks so good!

Here’s a gorgeous home from the portfolio of Ashley Montgomery Design

How about some crispy carnitas tacos for Cinco de Mayo?

Have you ever wanted to propagate your hydrangeas? Here’s how.

Are you planning to watch the Kentucky Derby? Here’s a mint julep recipe just for that occasion.

Here are some sweet Mother’s Day table decorations.

Would you ever paint a bedroom (or other room) black?

Do you have any old and tired birdhouses around? Here’s a fun DIY vintage birdhouse makeover.


Seed Starting Supplies

Check out my favorite supplies and tools for starting seeds indoors. Whether you’re looking for grow lights or a seed starting mix, you’ll find what I use in my own greenhouse.

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. Kim, lots of things to say. So glad you have this annual girls trip. It truly sounds so fun. I have lilac envy. Our Costco here does NOT have all those gorgeous flowers. I think my mom had a viburnum~looks familiar. You will have to share how you made those cute images Amazon store…love them (they would make cute posters!). Lastly, thank you for sharing the post about my daughter’s black bedroom. You are simply the best. Have a happy week!

    1. I loved your daughter’s black room Mary. I only wish I had the light and space to make something like that work for our home. I’ve always wanted to have a black bathroom.

  2. Kim, your girls trip sounds amazing! I could totally go for a dip in the pool right now. And I love seeing everything that is growing in your garden. Summer will be here before we know it!

    Thanks so much for sharing my meatball recipe. I hope you have a great week!

  3. Your trip looks just fabulous – I could be by a pool for the rest of my life! So glad you got to go. And how about all those plants?! Your garden is gorgeous Kim – thanks for sharing it with us! Happy cloudy Sunday!

    1. I’m so ready for some sun Barbara! Then I could enjoy the plants in my garden a lot more. Hope you’re having a fabulous weekend my friend.

  4. Kim
    Wow you’ve got so much going on. That sitting by the pool all day sounds wonderful! I’m so sorry your knee is acting up. I hope the therapy works. Thank you for sharing my birdhouse makeover. You are the best.

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