What would you name this sunflower, Friends?
Shout it out in the comments and don’t be shy!
~ we look so forward to sharing both the name and the seeds with us all so soon ~
We love each (delectable!) trumpeting ray petal, so gloriously different than any other sunflower we’ve ever seen…
…and an ocean of thanks to Lisa Bloodnick for tucking a few seeds into our hands this spring! These seeds came to her from Rick Rickman who was gifted seed from Jean-Luc in France who received a few seeds from the vivacious gardens of Wildred Funke in Germany, who noticed something a little different growing in his garden…
…and, as we consider names, we’d love to find a way to honor the many hands and hearts who have grown alongside spectacular sunflower, including the countless generations of indigenous brilliance who know sunflower as family here on Turtle Island.
And Friends, we’d also love to name the complex and beautifully fraught fact of naming plants in our time:
On the one hand, Robin Wall Kimmerer observes, “names are the way we humans build relationship, not only with each other but with the living world.”
We also see how naming can objectify and commodify beings — seeds, included — in capitalist systems.
Thank you for growing with us as we learn to see systems of oppression interwoven in everything and commit ourselves to loving, accountable relationship with kin across kingdoms as we sow the seeds of worlds transforming.
Imagine the countless generations of sunflower and humxn co-adapting together across the seasons…
…and Friends, let’s join them.
Sow Seeds & Sing Songs,
& the whole Fruition crew
We love you!