I took the Classic Mini for MOT last week and when the mechanic opened the bonnet he found a mouse had made a nest with lots of beech nuts. You can imagine the comments, but it passed.
This made me think: We never bother to collect our or own seeds any more.
If you have a plant in the garden that you like, why not save a few seeds from it and try to grow one of its children. It is much more fun than buying a packet from my cousin,[not really], and Mr Thompson, and they're free.
With most plants you collect the ripened seed in the autumn and store them in a dry place till spring, then you can either sow them in a seed tray or sprinkle them in the garden. It is always exciting when the little shoots appear. Then as they grow you often get a surprise as they sometimes turn out very different from their parent, (this is how seed manufacturers develop new varieties).
Weeds are very successful at spreading their seed and growing everywhere. So we should be able to copy them and grow the plants that we like from seed, it can't be that difficult.
Good ones to try are Marigolds, Buddleia, and Lavatera, but anything that you like is worth a try. The only ones that I would avoid are F1 hybrids as these go a little strange (look at the crazy cars).
We had a little girl at the nursery the other day who was very proud of an apple tree that she had grown from a pip. It started with 'Mmmm! That apple tastes good. I'll plant one of it's seeds and grow some more.' Keeping the wonder and excitement in growing ones own plants knows no boundaries.