For the past two years now, we have been collecting our seeds at the end of the growing season. It is time consuming but somehow feels worthwhile in the end. There is a certain sort of purposeful respect given to the plants when you save their seeds in cute little packets and store them in old cigar boxes. it also makes us happy to give them out to our friends who also love to garden.
It is even more gratifying to give them to artist friends who also appreciate their beauty and, in turn, paint watercolors of them.
This was painted by our friend Kris Garland, a friend and artist we adore.
It was my husband who designed and created the seed packets we use. The 'E' is for Eric and the 'M' is for Mary. One night, I was out with my friends having dinner and came home to find a stack of these adorable seed packets. I frankly couldn't believe it. I think what amazed me the most was that it was important for him to keep the seeds in something beautiful rather than simply utilitarian - simple task made beautiful.
Now that the peas are gone, it's time to save some of them for next year. And the cycle continues.
Happy Friday to you. I hope you have a fantastic weekend!