Spring has finally arrived, at least on the calendar! Time for bunnies and blooms, sweet fragrances and chirping birds. We started the first day of spring with a fabulous dinner, a toast to the equinox and a moss basket-making workshop at Southern Exposure, one of my favorite places in the world!
I've written about Southern Exposure on the Gypsy before. It's a marvelous group of vintage buildings set in the country with remarkable gardens. It was too early to see blooms, but there were signs of spring in the pretty roses placed gracefully in the fountains.
Every workshop begins with one of Chef Elsie's amazing dinners. This time we were dining in the "Corn Crib" building.
The tables were beautifully set and it was a festive way to welcome spring, as we all raised our glass to the new season. Then we enjoyed salmon, salad, a garlic mashed potato dish and a cheesecake so light it was unlike any I'd ever had before.
After dinner we adjourned to the craft tent. Our supplies -- two moss baskets, dirt, gloves and an array of plants -- were waiting for us on bales of hay.
Micah and Angie were our leaders, explaining the properties of the baskets and how to fill and care for the end projects, the needs of the various plants included and how to replace our basket plants with others when it was time for the plants here to go into the garden. As they led us through our paces, the resident hens walked around the tent.
We all puttered with our baskets -- does the geranium go into the one that hangs on the door or the standing one? How should we divide our pansies. Rosemary on the door? Alyssum inside?
We needn't have worried. The baskets were beautiful -- and you saw a lot of happy smiles, plenty of photos taken for Facebook and deep concentration!
When all was said and done, we hit the gift shop and used our 20 percent discount happily before hitting the road for home. My next post will take us inside there!
Meanwhile, I was a happy camper. So far, I haven't killed the contents of either basket and they make me smile whenever I see them! I just can't wait for them to grow and fill out! We go back for a forsythia wreath workshop soon. I'll keep you posted!