sowing seeds of friendship…

by Sharon Santoni

making seed packetsA friend came to visit this morning.  Not for long, she just stopped off on her way into Paris, but she brought with her some cuttings from her garden for me to pop into my borders.

She has a beautiful garden an hour from me, and I am always pleased for the chance to see what is growing there.

making seed packets

After leaving me, she was heading into Paris for the night, so I couldn’t give her anything ‘perishable’ in return, ….. but I could give her some seeds.

Not all flowers will grow easily from seed, but some like nothing better than to be scattered randomly over a flower bed, given a quick soak of water and simply wished good luck.

making seed packets

So today, in a tiny corner of her car, my friend drove off to Paris with a couple of envelopes of seeds from here.  Nothing fancy, some still need to dry a little, but just slipped into envelopes with the name on the outside, and a very vague and approximate image to make things a little prettier.

making seed packets

And for someone like myself, who generally likes things to happen straight away, who will always opt for the quick and immediate result, this is the miraculous effect that gardening can have – where patience becomes second nature, and the idea of planting and not seeing the final effect for a season, a year or even a couple of years for more ambitious projects is totally acceptable.

How sad we can’t bottle that gardening spirit and spread a little more patience and long term planning in today’s fast-fix world.

making seed packets


Taste of France July 14, 2019 - 9:40 am

What a beautiful and personal gift!
I harvest our plentiful lavender and sew it into little sachets to give to friends. And dried herbs from the garden–organic.
Will have to add seeds to the list.

Stephanie July 15, 2019 - 11:55 am

How comforting to read this post filled with wisdom and beauty

Floranet August 2, 2019 - 2:49 pm

Useful Content. Thanks a lot for the info!

Carmen ruiz August 1, 2020 - 9:24 am

I am planning a staycation for three months next year from October thru Dece mber I will make my plane and rental by June. My little dog is also going with me, I would like to know if I can bring him to your place for two days and also how much are the fees. I want to go to Giverny and enjoy the country and your beautiful place. Hopefully you reply soon.

Linda June 2, 2021 - 11:08 pm

I love that you exchange seeds from your garden. I do the same with friends and family. Each spring I’m amazed at what pops up during the summer. Weeding waits until I’m sure it isn’t a new flower from seeds I have scattered among the established plants.
Your newsletter is beautiful and inspiring! Thank you!


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