spring seeds…..

My dear friend, Diane, sent me some sunflower seeds from her garden in Minnesota…

diane's seeds

diane’s seeds

Aren’t they sweet?

Now, I am not much of a “start from scratch” kind of person, but these seeds are special.

So, I decided to make some little bitty newspaper pots and plant them right away.  I gathered my supplies….

all set

all set

Newspaper, water, soil, seeds, scissors (which are around someplace), a scoop and a bottle.  I have to show you the little jar that I put the seeds in….

just a wee little jar

just a wee little jar

I love this vessel!  I’ve had it for a few years and haven’t figured out what to do with it, so it’s been sitting in a drawer, waiting.  Thanks to Diane it finally serves a purpose.

My foreman checks my supplies…

"looks like you've got things under control."  ~ lilly

“looks like you’ve got things under control.” ~ lilly

I get started by cutting the newspaper into quarters…

all cut up

all cut up

Fold a long edge twice…

two times is the charm

twice is the charm

Find the bottle that I’m using….

rhubarb hops

rhubarb hops

This little bottle was filled with Rhubarb Hops ~ oh yum!  If you ever make it to Grand Rapids, Michigan, stop in at the Downtown Market.  It’s full of food shops and restaurants.  There is a distillery that carries all kinds of Michigan liquors and also a variety of hops syrups!

On to the newspaper pots…

all wrapped up

all wrapped up

I wrapped the newspaper around the bottle with the folded edge toward the bottom of the bottle.

ready to fold

ready to fold

You can see that the newspaper hangs off the bottom of the bottle a good ways.  That’s so the paper can be folded to make the bottom of the pot….

ready

ready

Now I’m ready to remove the bottle upon which, the paper pot immediately unfurls and is useless.  That’s okay!

I just fold it back up and hold it together with one hand while scooping in some soil with the other….

soil scooped safely

soil scooped safely

Now, I can add a wee seed….

black on black ~ not easy to photograph

black on black ~ not easy to photograph

…cover the seed with a bit of soil and just add water!

just a splash, please

just a splash, please

I go through the process a few more times and….

planted perfectly in paper

planted perfectly in paper

I soon have 4 little seeds planted somewhat neatly.

I need to keep the seeds warm and moist (and also out of paws reach), so I cover them with a cloche….

voila

voila

…and I’m done!  Now, I wait patiently for a few days, whiling away the time picking daffodils….

daffys

daffys

…which, Otis believes, mistakenly, are for him….

"the only thing prettier than a flower is me" ~ the oatbran

“the only thing prettier than a flower is me” ~ the oatbran

These daffodils immediately relocate to the mantel, out of nibbling reach.

It’s a thrilling morning when I come into the kitchen to find….

hello

hello

…a sprout!

 

wishing all the things you plant grow into beautiful possibilities!

 

rebecca