Only those of us with wildly artistic imaginations may identify with this post-but I was delighted to discover someone else who appreciates the bright beauty of seed packet displays.
She is indeed from Britain, a country whose citizens have a sensitivity to the type of subtleties I, but not all Americans do.
But I believe we all love to see spring arrive, and with it the colors of nature, of flowers and vegetables and all growing things . . .
I had been prompted to snap shots of displays in our local drugstore, as I was so drawn by their color and form. I doubt I’ll be an ambitious planter this year but still feel the thrill of seeing seeds for sale from my days of prolific propagation.
As I reviewed my photos later, at home, I began to visualize them as patches of a quilt, and wondered if a fabric had ever been printed with seed packet patterns to use as quilt patches.
Synchronistically, later that day, I opened a book I recently acquired, Jane Brocket’s,
The Gentle Art of Domesticity: Stitching, Baking, Nature, Art & the Comforts of Home, to a page describing the talented British lady’s imaginings along the same lines as mine regarding the use of seed packet designs for a vegetable patch quilt.
“The show-off theatricality of seed packets is an art worth enjoying,” Jane says. She took photos of packets individually and uploaded them to her computer screen, finding they made a vibrant patchwork of vegetables , looking like a quilt. . .
She mentions the Robert Frost poem, “Putting in the Seed” (1916) in which he refers to himself as “a slave to the springtime passion for the earth”.
I count myself a slave to that passion also, and to the poetry of Robert Frost, and the artistry to be found in what are to many mundane things.
Jane Brocket shares those sentiments in her timeless book, too. Domesticity is indeed a gentle art, when one takes an appreciative view of the seasonal tasks of home-keeping.
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