Different flower varieties have seeds that vary in needs for germination. Zinnias are a simple flower to grow from seed. Compared to many other varieties that have low germination rates or require very specific conditions, zinnias will easily and quickly sprout. Not only are the flowers gorgeous with a multitude of petals and colors, but they make great cut flower arrangements as well. The more you cut, the more they bloom. It is so easy to collect the seeds in the Fall, so you will have more seeds to grow.
Sometimes we need to be more like a zinnia! We need to sprout and bloom. My tennis partner today twice reminded me to smile! I must have looked dead serious. I was tired from greek festival weekend. Like a zinnia … it was easy to “sprout” a smile. It was easy to respond to a grin from her. The more I smiled, the better I felt and the better those around me felt.
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.2 Corinthians 9:7
Love is another simple “flower” that grows from seed of a cheerful giver. Rather than staying on auto pilot, what can I bring to this moment to make it fuller? Nature certainly is a model with beauty, grace, sweetness, activity, noise, change, and growth amidst disease, decay, threats, and death.
Seeds to Grow
Trilling birdie, cheep tee ha Cheep tee hah, tweet. Sweetly as I see Yellow butterfly petite Fluttering by and by Oh the slight breeze Touching tall grass Heavenly moments Yet things shall pass Sway, return, sway Rustle of each leaf Along the driveway Seasonal jubilations Lord bless this day Ground each safely Simple seeds to grow Zinnias and Marigolds Blooms of goodness Smile, deepen love holds More begets more
There are hard and awkward moments of truth, and in life, when like the leaf we are in free fall. Gratefully, universal gifts of beauty and love abound and are just one seed, one smile away, possibly bringing more love and happiness to each of us today!