I'm not sure what is better than visiting Southern Exposure for a workshop in the spring. Possibly visiting in the fall, but after all these years, I'm still not sure. In spring, especially this spring, it is so sorely needed!
We arrived on a gorgeous early evening for our European Basket workshop. The first thing we saw were cows!
The cows were new and so were some of their babies, laying peacefully in the pastoral beauty of the back field.
Even the bull had chilled out and was enjoying one of the few warm and sunny days we've had here in mid-Michigan.
From there, a walk through the gardens, stopping first at our favorite spot, the Greenhouse.
This tiny room was packed with more lovely things -- and oh! It smelled so good -- like pansies and fresh dirt with a hint of herbs.
Then we headed toward the gazebo. Wouldn't this be the best spot for an intimate wedding?
One of my favorite spring blooms is the bleeding heart. They were on display in full force today.
And not just the pink ones. The white ones are gorgeous too.
Some of these plants came as high as my waist!
Of course, the bird baths are always a favorite!
The tulips were in bloom, too. I love these shaggy tulips.
Here's another view.
The backlighting on some of these made them feel almost magical.
And of course, there were pansies!
Southern Exposure always does a beautiful job with fountains. I liked this one with the roses...
...and this one, too.
There are so many little spots where you just want to sit and "be."
We're beginning to see lilacs, too. These weren't quite full, but oh, what a beautiful bush it will be in a week or so. Maybe even by now!
We knew we'd have a bit of time to walk some more after the workshop, so we headed to the Milking Parlor for dinner. As always, the tables were beautifully set.
And, as always, the dinner, a gently curried chicken, salad, zucchini mix and mashed potatoes mixed with butter-sauteed leeks, was fabulous.
And isn't the dessert pretty? Strawberry Rhubarb pie.
On the way to our workshop, Scott took a photo of the three of us. Jan, the birthday girl, is in the middle. Isn't it a great way to spend your birthday -- in a garden, good food and then making something?
Our workshop was to make a hanging basket filled with herbs. We had six different varieties -- basil, rosemary, dianthus, kale, spring onions and beet.
Here we are with the finished product!
I just adore Daylight Saving Time -- I wish it was that way all year! And during this season it provided some beautiful mood lighting for another short garden walk after the workshop. I always love this bunny.
It made for a good photo op for all of us! And we all see it just slightly differently!
I just expect Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail to run out, too!
More bleeding hearts. My grandma would have loved these!
I leave you with a last look at my Happy Place.
Definitely twilight in the garden.
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