Every friend is to the other a sun,
and a sunflower also.
He attracts and follows.
~Jean Paul Richter
Over the years, I tried starting a few things from seed but never on a large scale. Then a year or so back after I pulled up and out two poorly producing raised beds, I claimed the space beneath them that fall as seed beds. In one I sowed poppies and in the other I sowed larkspur and was thrilled at the success of both the following spring. After the poppies and larkspur were spent that spring, I sowed several types sunflowers in their stead so that I’d have homegrown food for my birds during the winter months. Again I had great success, and so now, though not on as large a scale, I have several places around the yard where I reserve space for sowing morning glories, poppies, larkspur, and sunflowers. And I have to say that the process still affects me in the same way as Celia Thaxter. There is just something so terribly awesome about putting a tiny, almost nondescript seed in the ground and then after a period of watering and waiting discovering the tiniest of green shoots emerging from the blank soil.
The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. ~Genesis 1:12 ✝