Friday, September 20, 2019

First Southern Exposure Visit of the Season!

After an early autumn at the ditch, it was time to venture farther afield for a little beauty! Longtime Marmelade Gypsy followers know that my "happy place" is Southern Exposure Herb Farm, where several times a year a group of friends and I go to make lovely home decor projects, enjoy a beautiful dinner and walk through their wonderful gardens.


We recently enjoyed our first early autumn visit, making a fall botanical wreath. More on that later but first, a walk through the gardens. Their zinnias were fabulous!


Even the buds have their own exquisite details.


I don't know what these are, but I loved them!


Pretty much everywhere you walk, you'll find statues in unique places.


And sometimes, if the dill is good, the statues, such as this madonna, become completely hidden!


They hydrangeas were enormous.


This one bloom was almost as long as my forearm from the tip of fingertips to almost my elbow!


At Southern Exposure you'll find rock sculptures in front of some of the 1800s farm buildings. I love how they add another sense of texture to the land.


The veggie gardens were looking splendid.


And the herb garden was still providing wonderful fragrances.


Apples anyone?


It was so tempting not to reach right up and grab one!


There were some beautiful color combinations -- the colors of fall.


And this red and white was pretty stunning too.


I don't know what these were -- but I loved them!


 And, hanging in an arbor near the milking parlor where we dine, some beautiful grapes.


This photo is just for Sheri from Red Rose Alley -- roses are her favorite! Maybe they're yours, too!


Angie started us out with a sangria cocktail that was yummy.


We ended up at a table with four other women from our area and laughed all through dinner and our project. We swapped photographer roles to get a photo of us with our travel pals we came with -- in my case, Kate and Jan.


Then it was on to the craft tent where our supplies were laid out before us.


And voila! The finished product -- a beautiful wreath, just perfect for welcoming in the fall season!


I was very sad to leave...


...but will be back soon for my next one!

Sharing with:    Best of the Weekend      /     All Things Fall Party    /    All About Home    /     You're the Star Party    /     Let's Keep in Touch    /     Pink Saturday     

64 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

That really is a beautiful place, so many wonderful flowers and fruits and trees to see. I love all the flower close-ups. You are lucky to be able to go there and meet with friends and be creative. Enjoy your weekend, hugs, Valerie

William Kendall said...

Wonderful shots! It sounds like you enjoyed yourselves.

Lowcarb team member said...

Such a lovely place, I did enjoy seeing your photographs, such wonderful colours.

Have a great weekend.

All the best Jan

Susan Kane said...

How incredibly beautiful! Each photo was more than the next.

Evi Erlinda said...

I really enjoy your photos, the butterfly is so amazing.

Have a great weekend!

bobbie said...

What a gorgeous place!! The pink flowers {4th pic down} are Cleome
Sounds like a wonderful day!

David M. Gascoigne, said...

Not hard to see why you return each year, Jeanie.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I was on my way out the door for the weekend, but had to stop and see your S E photos. All so lovely, so impressive, and a great story to go with the gorgeous photos, too.

Pamela said...

What a wonderful place. I love seeing it in all seasons! You are ready for fall with that beautiful wreath.

Louca por porcelana said...

WOW! Absolutely stunning!

My name is Erika. said...

Wow, even as the light fades and most of our gardens start to look tired, these at Southern Exposure still look vibrant and beautiful. It looks like you had a fantastic day! hugs-Erika

krishna said...

Beautiful pictures! enjoy!

Art and Sand said...

Oh, my goodness!

What gorgeous flowers in that garden.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

A beautiful place to enjoy and be crafty...what a great combination, Jeanie.

Iris Flavia said...

Beautiful flowers - and you look so happy again :-)
This summer was weird, no idea if we get apples from the neighbours...

Ohhh, laughing is the best!!

Looking forward to "the next"!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Jeanie,

I can see why it is your happy place. Gorgeous flowers and pretty statues.
It is fun being able to make the wreaths. Your fall wreath looks lovely.
Wonderful post and beautiful photos. Happy weekend to you!

Preppy Empty Nester said...

What a magnificent place, Jeanie! Your photos are awesome! Have a wonderful weekend!

Pam Richardson said...

Southern Exposure is such a fun place with their beautiful gardens, delicious dinners, and crafting. I always enjoy your sharing all the loveliness from SE. Have a wonderful weekend Jeanie!

Joanne Huffman said...

Fantastic photos! Lots of fodder for your watercolors.

Pam said...

BEAUTIFUL, the last of the summer blooms. That purple plant that you was not sure what it is, it is a Cleome hassleriana. Love that plant. I planted seeds this yr but did not have anything come up cause I lost interest and was not watering when I needed too. Loving your flower pics.

La Table De Nana said...

Yes..Cleomes..:)

Love that place to bits..those ornamental cabbage..♥

Karen Ann said...

I love places like that! So soul warming and beautiful!

Rustic Pumpkin said...

Ah! The glory of Fall colours at every turn. Looks like a super time with good friends too.

Deb in Wales

shoreacres said...

The first visit to this place does help ease the transition into fall, doesn't it? I fear when I open the door summer still will be lurking around, so I'll just enjoy your photos a bit longer!

Sandra at Maison De Jardin said...

Ah, Jeanie, Southern Exposure is such a lovely place to visit. The blooms are marvelous. The one that you didn't know what it was is - Cleome. I used to grow it when we lived in VA. It is great in the garden, as you saw. The colors in their garden are marvelous. I know you had a great time.

Bonnie said...

I always enjoy your tours at Southern Exposure. The classes look like great fun.

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Jeanie, I always love to see what you do there. Such a beautiful place and sounds like such fun. Your wreath is really gorgeous and all your photos as well..Happy Weekend..xxoJudy

BeachGypsy said...

MERCY!!--girlfriend, WHAT DO THEY feed the plants, trees, and flowers there!!?? LOl---so so gorgeous. I love the second picture the best....all the color! that rose fountain is stunning too!! Love all the pictures and you know these are ALWAYS SOME OF MY FAVORITE posts---the posts you do from this magical place!!--they are always beautiful. These gardens are so lovely and your wreath turned out so pretty!! did you hang it up yet?

BeachGypsy said...

PS.... I planted a bunch of zinnia seeds late in the summer, they had just came up, were sweet little babies......Hurricane DORIAN blew them away. sigh....

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Greetings from England.

God bless.

maypop said...

The beautiful flower you didn't know the name of is called a Cleome or spider flower. My parents grow lots of them, along with zinnias, in their garden. They have a wonderful fragrance, too.

Rita C at Panoply said...

Lovely! Your happy place is my happy place, virtually! Love the grounds this visit, and your project.

Prims By The Water said...

What an awesome place. So love the color combinations of those zinnias. Janice

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Everything looks so good! I can imagine how you enjoy your visits there. Your wreath turned out beautiful!

Carola Bartz said...

What a beautiful day you had with your friends in such a stunning environment. The gardens are gorgeous - I think autumn gardens can be absolutely beautiful, and your pictures prove that. It's lovely to go out with friends and do some creative projects together - if it's accompanied by a sangria cocktail even better!!! Thank you for sharing this lovely day with us.

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Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Jeanie!!
O My!!
Absolutely stunning photos of the farm!! Just gorgeous!! Thanks so much for sharing and thanks for stopping b!
Hugs,
Debbie

roughterrain crane said...

Zinnia is named "one hundred day plant" here. Happy Sunday to you.

Decor To Adore said...

What a gorgeous grouping of photos! Nothing says fall like a lovely apple harvest. Just beautiful.

Mae Travels said...

You made me very curious... I just looked at the Southern Exposure website and their workshops really do sound wonderful. I think it's a little too far from here, though.

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Parisbreakfasts said...

Wow What beautiful flowers!
JustEverything is beautiful.

Nikki-ann said...

So beautiful! I especially love that first shot. :)

Sandra Cox said...

I love zinnies and Southern Exposure.
Looks wondrous.

Barb said...

I look forward to your Southern Exposure visits. It's so beautiful in every season. I'm excited to know what your menu was. Sangria was a good start! Love the colorful wreath. I wore one of your scarves this week and thought of you.

laurie said...

What a time you had, such amazing sights to see, and you all have the best smiles ever, I really enjoyed reading this today,

Marilyn Miller said...

I would be sad to leave Southern Exposure too. Their gardens are just gorgeous! I loved seeing it all. Then your time chatting and laughing with others and making Autumn wreaths is just wonderful. Lovely indeed!

Sketchbook Wandering said...

Such fun and joy, for you & friends, jeanie!!! I have to say, that bud is most remarkable!!!! Isn't it great, returning to places we so love!!! For me, it was the Common Ground Country Fair, just this weekend. The COLORS of this season, expressed so beautifully in plants!!

Lynne said...

Every time you post about Southern Exposure I am reminded to look up the classes.
It does look fun!

Olka said...

Oh, I love these photos, especially the one with the bud!
To be honest - I love Autumn, it's my favorite season (I think I've mentioned it before). Alle these colors surrounding me make me feel much better :)

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

What a beautiful place! The gardens are so inspiring with all the fall colors. Your wreath turned out wonderful! Such a nice place to spend the day with friends. Hugs xo Karen

Victoria Zigler said...

Sounds like a wonderful time there, as always! :)

Roses are my favourite flower too. I've always loved yellow roses, even though my favourite colour is purple, and my favourite scent is lavender (though rose is a close second in the scent thing).

Danielle L Zecher said...

The zinnias are beautiful! I love the picture with the butterfly. Your wreath looks great, too. I haven't put any fall wreaths up yet since it's still so hot here, but you're making me re-think that.

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Such a cool oasis for you! Your wreath turned out beautifully!!!

Sami said...

A beautiful wreath made in the most beautiful surroundings!
Loved all the photos Jeanie, what a wonderful place to visit.

Red Rose Alley said...

It looks like Autumn has arrived at Southern Exposure. And how lovely it looks, Jeanie. I am wondering if the bruised looking fruit is persimmons? The apples looked bruised too, hmmmm. That sweet little angel looks so precious by the orange flowers. And a variety of Zinnia colors. I do wish they would clear the brush and weeds around the Mary statue. I always enjoy my visits with you at Southern Exposure, Jeanie. Nature has been calling me. : )

~Sheri

Red Rose Alley said...

ps.....Oh, and thank you for the rose picture! It is beautiful. Not sure if I ever mentioned to you before, but PINK roses are my second favorite. They look so pretty adorning that fountain. : )

Tracy said...

Oooo... I was wondering when your first visit would be! That pic at the top says sooo much--summer's last song--love that one! I LOVE zinnias. The pink flowers you wondered about, are, I think cleome. It attracts bee, butterflies and birds, making it a great pollinator plant! SE is just sooo beautiful... *sigh* ... And just LOVE the wreath you made to take home! Already looking forward to your next adventure there, Jeanie! ;) ((HUGS))

crackercrumblife said...

This place looks amazing!!! And your wreath is beautiful. What a wonderful looking day. :)

Mother of 3 said...

What a beautiful place! Thanks so much for sharing with us at the Happy Fall Party. Pinned.

Amber Lyon Ferguson said...

It looks like a fabulous place and your wreath is lovely! Thanks for sharing at All About Home!

Katie Mansfield said...

Your wreath is gorgeous. It looks like a very fun day. I whish we had something near to us like this. So fun. Beautiful photos.

Sylvia | Grace for a Gypsy said...

Your photos are beautiful! It looks like an amazing place to visit. I found you at the You're a Star Blog Hop Oct week 1

Louca por porcelana said...

Amazing...It is a pleasure seeing such beauty again!Hugs!

Amy Senter said...

These are beautiful! I am not very good at gardening, although I did have some success with a vegetable garden this summer. I saw your post on the Lou Lou Girls link up—thanks for sharing!

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