Friday, August 16, 2013

All this loveliness...from tiny seeds


It's amazing to me that these brightly colored flowers were formerly just tiny
seeds I found in an old envelope lying in a drawer.


I must have (absentmindedly) put them in the drawer, a few years ago--
deciding I'd save them for "another day".


I'm not sure what prompted me to scatter the seeds around the mailbox, earlier this summer.


But I'm sure glad I did! All this loveliness--from tiny seeds. So amazing.



The bees have been thinking the same thing :)



Even as the flowers get older and petals begin to fade & fall, they are still beautiful.


 Don't you think so too?! 


 What gifts have you discovered today? Until next time,

Words and photos ©Thanks for today.™, by Jan Huston Doble @ http://www.thanksfor2day.blogspot.com/
Not to be reproduced or re-blogged without express permission of the author.

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    1. Thanks gittan! Happy to have you visit today :)

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  2. I have some 'Canary' zinnias I plant every year from the same packet bought 4 years ago. They are now lighting up my front yard cottage garden, just as yours.
    Ray

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    1. I keep forgetting to 'save' the seeds from the plants themselves, so I'll always have more each year. I think 1 may have reseeded a few summers ago, but the past couple of yrs I don't remember seeing them and this is the 1st time I've sown these seeds from the packet out by my mailbox. They are a bright, cheery annual ;) I'm sure your garden looks lovely with your Canary zinnias!

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  3. I love growing plants from seed! Zinnias need more summer heat than we usually get here, but I have plenty of others!

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    1. Our summer was not as hot as usual, Alison...but they still did well. I'm sure even with our lower temps it was still way hotter than Seattle! Seeds are fun, if you can find the right spot for them. Other years my seeds didn't do well at all...but this is the 1st time I scattered them by the mailbox. I think they really like that location!

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  4. Hello Jan, now that I've seen your gorgeous zinnias I can't wait to grow them! I'll have to wait for the weather to turn cooler to sow the seeds. Such vibrant colours and I love that you got the bee on one of the blooms too!

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    1. Hi Kanak...zinnias actually love the heat, but I don't know what your temps are right now in India :) I wish you success with your seeds and hope to see some photos when the colors pop :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Such beautiful blooms for bloom day.

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  6. It never ceases to amaze me when those tiny little seeds produce such gorgeous flowers. You've got some truly lovely flowers there!

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    1. Those tiny seeds have amazing surprises inside, Bernie :)

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    1. Hi GSS, thanks for visiting :)

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  8. Oh, I'm so jealous! I usually plant Zinnias, but I didn't this year. Now I regret it!

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    1. I sometimes wonder if seeds are worth my time, Beth, but clearly they are :)

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  9. Jan these are so lovely and colorful...I love the tiny crown that is more pronounced when they lose their flower petals.

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    1. Donna, I love that crown that shows up even more clearly as the petals fall off, too. Each stage has it's beauty.

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  10. One of the more pleasurable parts of my new job is tracking down unusual seeds, some from obscure sources. I look at the pictures on-line, order them using someone else's money, and when they come in they get turned over to a propagator. She sows them, and when they reach size, my team and I get to plant them and watch them grow. BTW, your zinnias made me smile.

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    1. Your job sounds like a lot of fun, Les. Besides the skills, talents and knowledge required for it, I know you must pinch yourself sometimes because of the pleasure you get to experience! And I'm glad my photos made you smile:)

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  11. I wish I had room for seeding. You have such wonderful and colorful flowers in your garden. You asked on FB and I prefer reading blogs than being on FB which seems so time consuming, but more and more readers/bloggers are going that route. It is disappointing to see them leave blogging.

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    1. Donna, I don't really have much room for seeding either...and most of the areas that are empty are too wet or dry, or shady for sun-loving seeds...but sometimes it's just worth it to throw the seeds out there and see what happens. Surprises are so nice! I know you are one of the more prolific bloggers, Donna and I struggle to keep up with your posts...that's probably because I have become so active on FB and find it less time consuming than blogging! Which is just the opposite of how I really want to be feeling...and I know I could make a switch by just blogging more and purposely spending more time reading blogs than FB. I find it difficult to do though...probably because I have instant gratification on FB and people make immediate replies and comments there, whereas on the blog it takes longer. In my heart I know which I like best and of course it's the blog...but it will take me some time to pull away from FB. I'm not going to quit but I'm going to try to spend less time there and more time here...it's hard, though. Maybe it's like an addiction. I love knowing what's happening with my h.s. friends, my family, my local community, friends from moving around in the Army for 20 yrs, etc...and they don't read my blog...so that is why I hang out there more often, I guess. But I promise I'm going to blog more and read more blogs more regularly. I would like it to be just like it was when I started this blog...yet at the same time, I realize that social media has changed in a few short years and there are other ways to express my photos and words than on my blog. Anyway, I'm going around in circles here...but I do plan to keep the blog in order to keep an ongoing record of what's going on in my garden. Probably not as often as you record things, but will definitely make feeble attempts, anyway ;)

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  12. Beautiful photos, Jan! I love zinnias and have been planting them every year for the past couple of years. Their blooms are indeed little miracles.

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  13. They are so lovely

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Thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to comment! Please enjoy your TODAY and all of the gifts in YOUR garden of life!

Jan

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