One of my favorite gardening tasks is collecting seeds. When I was moving from Chicago to Atlanta in September of 2001, Adam and I spent the night at my parents house before getting into the U-Haul and driving across the country with all of our worldly possessions (and a super cranky cat). I remember seeing my parent’s garden with filled pretty colored zinnias and other flowers. To my surprise, my mom plucked some of the brown dried flower heads off her zinnias, put them in a brown paper bag and sent them with me to Atlanta. That following spring, those seeds turned into gorgeous flowers in my very first garden in my very first home. Every year since then I have harvested seeds from those zinnias as well as from other flowers and plants we accumulated over the years. I have used the seeds each spring in my own garden and shared them with friends and family. Sometimes I mail them to random friends, leave them on co-workers’ desks or drop them off in my neighbors’ mailboxes. I just love sharing seeds! It always amazes me how much can grow from something so little.
All summer and fall I monitor various plants in my garden for spent blooms and collect seeds to save. This past year Lily helped me collect a bunch of those seeds, and we had a wonderful time filling jars together. She marveled at the black seeds, furry seeds, little red seeds, spiky seeds and so on. I look forward to spending some time with Lily this spring digging holes and planting the seeds in our yard. Hopefully one day I can share seeds from my garden with Lily for her very first garden in her own very first home.
I am getting so excited about spring! In the next few days I am going to take inventory of my seeds and make little packets to share with friends and family. If you are an avid gardener (or just starting out) and want to experiment with some seeds, leave a comment or send me an email and I will see if I have some to share with some of you out there as well!