It has taken on new meaning for me, as I hope it does for many people who may plant its' seeds next spring.
It will make them think of someone. Hopefully bring back memories, many of which will be good. It may make them smile.
Let me tell you about this week.
I received a phone call on Wednesday evening from a woman I didn't know at all. She gave me her name and then explained to me that her nephew had leukemia and was not expected to live more than a few days longer.
She had found my website. Quite honestly, I'm not sure what directed her to me. I really am more the vegetable type. But she did call and she was looking for marigold seeds, her nephews' favourite flower.
They wanted to give a packet of seeds out to the guests at his funeral, which they were in the process of planning. He was only 19 years old. Could I help her?
I only really grow one variety of marigold consistently, and I have grown it for more than 10 years. I got the original seed from Seeds of Change in New Mexico, and I save seed from it faithfully every year and offer it in the seed exchanges. I just like it. It is simple, colourful and it makes me happy to see it every year. It's name is Pinwheel, or it is also known as Jolly Jester.
I explained this to the caller and that as much as I would like to help her out, I wasn't sure I would have enough seed at this point in the season, as it was early to collect seed.
She gave me her email address and I promised to email her after I walked outside to check the flowers for seed.
The seed was expedited to her this morning.
400 packets of seed. The garden provided what we needed, and I am grateful for that.
Seed is to be shared, and I am so glad I could do that.
This happy little flower when it blooms next summer will make family think of their son, their nephew and maybe their grandson. It will make others think of a friend, a university mate or maybe even a co- worker. Flowers are good for that. They make us slow down and look at them. Appreciate their uniqueness and simple beauty.
Maybe some people will save the seed and pass it on. And for those recipients too, it might develop meaning and provide beauty.
I feel so terribly honoured that I could do this very small little thing. Such a difficult time.
Strangers connected through seed.