Two seeds

Two seeds lay side by side in fertile soil.

The first seed says, “I want to grow! I want to send my roots deep into the soil beneath me, and push my sprouts through the earth’s crust above me….. I want to unfurl my tender buds like banners to announce the arrival of spring…..I want to feel the warmth of the Sun on my face and the blessing of the morning dew on my petals.”

And so she grew.

The second seed says, “I am afraid. If I send my roots into the ground below, I don’t know what I will encounter in the dark. If I push my way through the hard soil above me, I may damage my delicate sprouts….what if I let my buds open and a snail tries to eat them? And if I were to open my blossoms, a small child may pull me from the ground. No, it is much better for me to wait inside the soil until it is safe.”

And so she waited.

A hen scratching around in the ground for food found the waiting seed and promptly ate it.

Stamps with seeds

On Feb.26, 2011,  to commemorate “Stamp Day” dedicated to the Earth, France issued a set of 10 stamps with the theme “Seeds of France” together with real seeds for five of them! 

The self-adhesive set of 10 stamps was printed on 100 percent FSC recycled paper. Five of the stamps even come with the corresponding seeds for planting.

Seeds of lavandar, anthemis tinctoria, coquelicot, basil and arbre a papillons are featured on the miniature sheet issued by the French Post to commemorate the flowers of summer. 

For details of unique posture stamps issued by different countries, visit