When I read this article from a woman who had these fond memories I began thinking. My grandmother didn't just save marigold seeds, she has saved whole plants. She has a fern that belonged to my great grandmother who has been gone to Heaven for more than 20 years now. That plant is still alive and flourishing. She had a Christmas cactus for years as well that was over 80 years going from starts to plants and back again.
Although the marigolds were never my favorite (I just don't care for the smell, but I do plant them in the garden because garden pests don't seem to like them either). One of the favorites that grandma has shared is the Touch Me Not flower.
As I think and ponder on this one though, this is a link to my grandmother and will always be a reminder of her as I collect and save these seeds from year to year. I am reminded of her doing just the same and it is pretty neat to know just how far back some of these traditions go. I hope they carry on with my own children too.