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.
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
When watching the yahoos hired to take my neighbor's dock and boat ramp work away is the highlight of one's week, you know it has be...
Rick had a follow-up with his kidney surgeon in Petoskey, so we did another road trip! It was a beautiful day for the drive. The color was...
Traverse City, Michigan, is the largest city in Michigan's north, and it sits beside the beautiful Grand Traverse Bay. It's a popula...