Alton Brown put forth an idea on his “Good Eats” television show not to allow any ‘uni-taskers’ into your home. Anthony Bourdain espoused the same sentiment about the lowly garlic press in his book, “Kitchen Confidential”. Both times I remember identifying fully with the idea; if something can’t serve multiple purposes, don’t waste your space with it.
Perhaps this is why some of my favorite gifts are the ones that come, get enjoyed and then go away. Like a nice bottle of wine…a gift card for a nice dinner…a blooming plant…a special spice. None of these items require dusting, storage or that crazy idea that the ‘giftee’ has to put the gift out on display every time the ‘gifter’ is dropping by. (I really do know several people who do this; I can’t imagine the record-keeping required to successfully pull it off!)
Earlier this year, Chuck received a plantable birthday card. It was a lovely sentiment that came with a bonus – if you put it in the ground, it promised to spew forth a variety of ornamental and edible plants. We promptly ‘planted’ it in a container on our patio where we could see it and remember to water it everyday. Before long, sprouts were popping up as promised. As of today, the first zinnia bud is about ready to open and the marigolds should be ready in a few more weeks. We will think of the folks who sent it every day until we get a hard frost. Or, if we are lucky here in Northern California this year, we might have a mild winter which would yield a second bonus that these seedlings will bloom for more than one season. Here’s hoping!
Reading the insert that came with the card, we found a third bonus – the card was created by an organization entitled ‘Plantables’ out of Hudson, Wisconsin who have created a business to allow workers of all abilities to create these seed-embedded paper products. If that wasn’t civic-minded enough, they also use a bee-theme across their products to spread the word that we need to help the honey bees survive so they can pollinate our food supply. Apparently, this gift was giving long before it even came our way!
On the Plantables, LLC website, one of the ways they ask for help is to get the word out. Here is a link to their on-line store. Next time you need a clever card for a bee-lover, a gardener at heart, or anyone willing to plant the card that keeps on giving, pay them a visit. The recipient of your plantable gift may be just as happy to receive it as we were! No dusting required. 😉