Souvenirs From June In September

September 8, 2010 § 1 Comment

Summer is slipping away quietly, but in the garden our sweet pea is having one last, blooming hurrah. It is, as its name suggests, a very sweet looking and smelling plant, but also a very aggressive grower – it loves to travel. The sweet pea has taken over the entire south end of the garden and clearly has plans to keep moving out.  We received this journeying plant from Peter’s grandma, June, on a September night similar to this one. We had just finished visiting and in the early evening , as we said goodbye, she reached across to the thick growth of sweet pea under her kitchen window, plucked some seed pods off it and handed them to us as “souvenirs from the summer”. June’s “souvenirs” came from her  Mom’s garden in Southern Illinois and her Mom had brought the sweet pea with her from her family garden in Ruthenia, in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, when she came to America in 1913. That night it traveled again to our garden in Chicago and every year for the past 10 years, come September,  we bundle up the seed pods in maple leaves tied with herbs and send them on new journeys to friends and family across the country as our own “souvenir from the summer.”

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