Proud Marigolds


Here are some home-grown marigolds, which Leslie definitely grew from seeds.   Growing flowers from seed is truly fun.  In the first place, you realize how improbable flowers are.  At first, the green sprouts and stems make ordinary sense, like all the other green things we live around.  Then, at the base of a leaf usually, a nub develops, no bigger than the head of a pin.  Forces are gathering, coalescing spirals of DNA, I suppose, into what will give the plant its purpose in living.    Sometimes another tender stem emerges, or the nub lightens, or thins, as layers of color and reproductive organs gain strength.  Eventually, the petals overtake the size of their cocoon and POOF, there’s a marigold, proudly showing pink how orange, orange can be.


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