Saltwater Sounds Wrap-Up

Welcome to Saltwater Sounds, a 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.

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I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

It’s really starting to feel like fall around here. Today we’ll start seeing temperatures in the 60s and really hoping for some rain at the end of the week.

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I’ve been cutting as many hydrangeas as I possibly can from the garden. The colors are turning the most beautiful colors.

Drying hydrangeas are so easy and make the best home decor for fall.

I found the perfect holiday gift idea. Do you remember the blue and white pots I bought this summer? Well, here they are. And now they’re on the clearance shelves. What a great deal!

I thought it was time to finally go out and do a little fall decor shopping. The Garden Room in Gig Harbor, WA. has so many amazing things.

In the Garden

There is so much deadheading to do in my garden. The zinnias, cosmos, and dahlias are going crazy right now.

I’m taking a lot of pictures of the garden right now and making decisions about:

  • What perennials I’ll keep in the same location next year
  • Which perennials will be divided and added to other areas in the garden
  • The annuals that I want to grow again next year and where
  • Which plants I’m ready to give away to our community garden and replace with evergreen shrubs

It seems that there is a fine line between overwatering and underwatering. And I AM NOT doing a very good job. I lowered the amount of time the plants are being watered by our sprinkler system and it ended up not being long enough for plants like my hydrangeas.

I’m still working out the kinks. I think things will be better once the temperatures go down to the 60s tomorrow.

These globe amaranths are one of the last annuals to bloom in my cut flower garden. They make the best dried flowers for fall arrangements.

Here’s the grape arbor in our garden. We have 3 different varieties of grapes and only one is ripe enough to eat.

We’re not sure what we’re going to do with this space. There are a couple of choices…

  • We will either re-build this old rickety arbor and add brick where the grass is.
  • The arbor will be removed and a vegetable garden will take over this entire space with a tall fence to keep the deer out.

What do you think?

If you’ve been following Shiplap and Shells for a while, you’ll know that Stacy at Bricks ‘n Blooms and I are gardening besties.

Part of the fun is seeing what’s happening in each other’s hardiness zones since we are clear across the country from one another. Stacy lives in New Jersey and is in 6a, and I am in 8b.

Oh, and our love for Sedum Autumn Joy bonds us forever!

What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…


Do you learn from the mistakes you make in the garden? Now that the summer growing season is coming to a close, it’s time to start thinking about next year’s cut flower garden and how to prevent those same mistakes from happening again.


Have you been to the San Juan Islands in Washington State? One of our favorite places to visit when exploring Puget Sound on our boat is Roche Harbor Resort. Let me show you why we love this charming spot so much.


Are you looking for some autumn inspiration when it comes to decorating your table for the season? See how I brought outdoor elements to this fall tablescape for a fresh look with warmth and charm.

Coming Up on the Blog:

Thrifting for Architectural Salvage 

Overwintering Geraniums

Favorite Fall Finds

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…

This blog post really got to me. It was about a topic that really needs to be talked about. My sweet friend Mary at Life at Bella Terra shares her thoughts on kindness. And I think we can all agree that we need more of it from one another.

I found the most amazing DIY pumpkin post on Centsational Style. Kate blew me away with this gorgeous fall idea.

My friend Rachel at The Ponds Farmhouse has the most gorgeous porch. I love all the ideas she shares for decorating a porch for fall.

More Inspiration…

DIY Fall Wreath.

This perfect soup for fall.

Fall table setting DIY.

A must-try quick bread recipe.

All you need to know about folding and displaying your quilts.

A creative way to decorate your table for fall.

Fall shelf styling tips.

Yummy chocolate chip peanut butter bars.

The cutest fall DIY centerpiece.

In Case You Missed It…


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Until next time,


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  1. I know I say this every week, but your garden is so wonderful. I just want to wander around and stop and smell the flowers. You picked a lot of hydrangeas. I can only hope that mine will be so prolific this year. Thanks for the update.

    1. Thank you for such a sweet compliment, Carol! I went crazy with the hydrangeas this season, but they are just so pretty, and I know I will have to wait an entire year.

  2. Kim, oh my! So much great info! First of all thank you for sharing my post on Kindness. I cannot believe the overwhelming response I got to it and hopefully we are all practicing it, in spite of others. I didn’t know you had a grape arbor…it reminds me so much of Italy. I don’t know how tall it is, but having dinner beneath it would be amazing. I love the hydrangeas and all the colors-that’s one plant that doesn’t grown here, much to my dismay so I love seeing pictures.I’ve never visited Centsational Style but I will now! Also, I have a wicker suitcase like yours and never thought to use it for fall decor. The globe amaranth will be my fall plants~I love their shape and pop of color. As always, just love your posts!

    1. You are so sweet, Mary. I’m glad you liked the post. I do have a vision of a brick patio under the grape arbor and bistro lights. But then again, I would love a vegetable garden. So many decisions!

  3. oooh I love those grapes! Hope you keep them in some location! 😉 I can’t wait to read about your trip to Roche Harbor – one of my favorite places! And your photos, as always, are stunning! I feel like I’ve taken a vacation in the garden just looking at them! Happy Weekend my friend, and thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Hi Barbara,
      Thank you so much. Yes, Roche Harbor is just always so much fun. I’m so glad we were able to visit this year, we had to skip last year. I can’t wait until we can make it back to Canada again. Oh how I miss Butchart Gardens.

    1. I never share it because the pictures always turn out so dark and it’s on the other side of the garden. I actually forget about it.

  4. Thanks so much for sharing me this week!! My globe amaranth got munched on by a baby bunny this week before I got to cut them!! Your garden is still rocking!!

    1. Those silly bunnies! I really started seeing a difference in the garden this week. So many things are fading.

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