Not empty, but almost full.

It's feeling less like winter these days. The sun is up earlier and stays out later. The birds have hope in their call sounds - for worms, for bugs, for more seed in the feeders. The air is changing and the plants are ready. The next full moon is called the Crust Moon - for the thawing during the day that turns to ice by night. It is also known as the Worm Moon - for the castings that wiggle out from the earth to feed the soil, to feed the birds and answer their calls. Tradition has it that the last full moon of March marks the end of winter. Spring is close. We are on the cusp. I remember a...

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Wreath making how-to

Grab a friend and your nippers. Give your garden a little winter prune, and watch the boughs pile up. Holly, cedar, pine, winterberry, heath: ingredients for the holiday spirit. (And egg nog, of course.) Bittersweet held our wreaths together. It's long, winding vines curl into circles on their own, easily creating a base for your wreath shape without the need to use wire forms. Once the desired shape is reached, simply tuck branches and boughs into the bittersweet. Or, create little bunches of botanicals, bind them with wire and attach to the bittersweet.  Don't overthink the design.  There are no rules. Let the plants show you where they should go.  Mostly? Enjoy the time with a friend capturing the holiday...

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