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Dirt Road Adventures

Happy Sunday, and Welcome To Dirt Road Adventures. It’s time to take a look back at what’s been happening behind the scenes, on the blog, in case you missed it, and other inspiring things I found this week.

We arrived back at The Ponds on Tuesday. We experienced a rainy Memorial weekend at the beach, and the only good news is it rained at home as well.

Therefore, we arrived to find lots of thriving plants in the garden, and wow, so many blooms.

Several of my hydrangeas were damaged due to a late frost, but some were more protected and are blooming big time.

This blue hydrangea, only three years old, was a gift in memory of my Mother. It’s showing up big time, and the greenhouse protected it from damage.

I propagated this Lacecap Hydrangea bush from my neighbor at the beach. I placed a rock on a branch, much like I did with the splitting of a lilac bush.

These are my first blooms, and I’ve had the plant here for at least five years. But I’m excited to finally have a few blooms.

Lacecap Hydrangea bloom

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Adventures at the End of the Dirt Road

This is a look back at all my adventures this past week.

In addition to the hydrangeas in bloom, my verbena lollipops are attracting pollinators.

Lollipop Blooms with butterfly

They have spread all over the landscape and are such fun flowers.

We also are officially opened for pool season if the temperatures will ever get back to normal. It’s been a cool May and the beginning of June for us here in the south.

Lollipop bloom with pool and ponds.

Although we’ve not been in the pool, we are enjoying sitting by it and enjoying the knock-out roses.

Knock-out roses with farmhouse in background and garden bench

Girlfriend Time

To end the week, I spent some girlfriend time at my good friend’s lake house.

It was a relaxing weekend that began with just the girls on Friday night, and the guys joined us on Saturday for a delicious meal by the pool.

It’s always good to get away and catch up with our friends. Plus, her home is amazing, and what a beautiful view we had all weekend.

In Case You Missed It

First, a couple of easy DIY projects that give your home a trendy, stylish flair for Summer.

DIY Projects

Use recycled Aluminum Cans and make this Anthropologie Metal Wreath Hack.

If you like Botanical Art, learn how to press herbs and frame them for your home.

Coastal Cottage Decorated for 4th of July

If you are looking for some patriotic coastal cottage decorating tips, check out this tiny 460 sq. ft. space. See simple decorating tips that will work in any home.

Thrift Store Finds - Beach Salt and Pepper Shaker cow and beach ball.

Modern Farmhouse Decor – Get The Look For Less

Elevate your home decor with a modern farmhouse style. Get the look for less with these budget-friendly tips and tricks. 

Gallery Wall in Farmhouse Stairway

German Chocolate Upside-Down Cake Recipe

This recipe is another of my “it’s so easy even I’ll make it recipes”

German Chocolate Upside Down Cake

If you’ve dreamed of traveling the Puget Sound by boat, don’t miss some highlights of Kim’s trip.

Wait until you see these Dinner Party Printables my friend Wendy created.

These fun 4th of July Party Favors are the creative idea of my friend Heidi.

If you liked my Pressed Herb Botanical Art Tutorial, you should check out Jennifers, How To Plant an Herb Garden, so you can grow herbs to press.

I can’t wait to try this healthy breakfast recipe.

Want to attract butterflies to your garden, don’t miss these 10 Easy Care Plants that will attract them.

Coming Soon…

  • Summer DIY Projects
  • Decorating with Cloches
  • Summer Porch Decorating


Sunday 11th of June 2023

The hydrangeas look amazing! Thank you for sharing my post!


Sunday 11th of June 2023

Stacy, Thank you and you are welcome.

AnnMarie | Simply2Moms

Sunday 4th of June 2023

Such a great week! Nothing like time spent with good friends. Thanks for sharing our recipe!


Monday 5th of June 2023

AnnMarie, You are welcome.

Wendy McMonigle

Sunday 4th of June 2023

Sounds like you had a wonderful week Rachel. Your hydrangeas are looking fabulous and so happy to have the rain, I’m sure. I too had a weekend with the girls and it was so nice. Thank you for sharing my printables post. Have a great week ahead.


Monday 5th of June 2023

Wendy, You are so welcome. Glad you had some fun girlfriend time as well.

Teri Pickens

Sunday 4th of June 2023

Love your dirt road adventures!


Monday 5th of June 2023

Teri, I'm so glad. Thank you for stopping by.

Teri Pickens

Sunday 4th of June 2023

Your hydrangeas are beautiful!


Sunday 4th of June 2023

Teri I love hydrangeas and wish I had more.