Spring is on the edge at Southern Exposure! In the two or three weeks since the moss basket workshop, it's a little greener, a few more buds on the trees and altogether lovely in anticipation of spring!
My workshop this time was to make a forsythia wreath using silk forsythia and curly willow. More on that in a minute. First a quick walk about and through the garden gate we go!
As usual, the fountains and bird baths were filled with flowers.
The gentle crocus had made the first announcement of spring.
New life was sprouting everywhere, just waiting for that last bit of warmth to brnig it into bloom.
Even the old Chevy was out, looking well spruced up for the new season!
After our walk we returned to the Corn Crib for dinner. As usual, it was lovely.
The tables were set to perfection and when they brought our dessert, we swooned. Lemon and berries and a bit of fluff to die for. Our host, Scott, then told us some of the lore and history of the forsythia. I learned that they were indeed edible -- but a bit on the tart and bitter side. Nice for a garnish, perhaps, but think twice about forsythia salad!
In the vestibule was the sample of our project, the forsythia wreath.
Full and more than satisfied we moved over to the craft tent and started working on our wreaths.
The initial work of winding the forsythia into the wreath form was done before we arrived. Our role was to add curly willow to give it that wild and crazy look. Micah gave us good tips not only on using the willow in our wreath or other arrangements but also in rooting it. I rooted some last year and it has grown into a small but sturdy tree. I hope to do the same with my leftovers.
We were set up on hay bales again -- a good surface for working.
And best of all, the Southern Exposure rescue chickens were being very friendly. I'd never pet a chicken before -- their feathers are like velvet or satin!
All good things come to an end and so did our evening at Southern Exposure.
But when I returned home, I added a bird (and later, a dragonfly and nest) to my wreath -- and I was very happy!
I'm headed back to Southern Exposure soon for a third workshop, "Garden Gate" -- and I'm hoping by then a few more of the blooms are out!
Till then, wait, wonder and anticipate!
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