Remember those lima bean things we all grew in Kindergarten or elementary school when we did the unit on "Plants"? We planted them in glass jars, near the outer edge of the glass (later, in zip lock bags taped to the windows) so we could watch the roots and seedlings appear and marvel at how a seed developed?
I wonder if they still do that now. It might be too hard to fit in the schedule in the 21st century since "they" think five year olds should learn something that is akin to "New Math" or pre-Algebra. Sometimes those "they" folks need a good whack on the head.
Though I'm never amazed at how hardy and tenacious the weedy seedies are, I did have a VERY pleasant surprise from a tomato seed. While tending to my large pots of morning glories, I noticed a rogue tomato plant growing in a pot that has just been sitting in the same spot for, well, years. I guess a little birdy must have "dropped" it as I can't imagine any other way for it to find its way to this pot. I pushed the pot a little closer to the morning glories so I wouldn't forget to water it. Though it is a "waif" of a plant, it has rewarded me with one of my favorite things in the whole world...sun warmed tomatoes that I can pop in my mouth! Not many, but just enough to whet my appetite for some tomato plants in my garden next year.
And look at the baby basil plants! I was behind in grooming and pinching the tips of the basil and some of the flowers turned brown and developed seeds. On a whim, I sprinkled them into a pot and barely patted them down and just watered the pot as usual....not very gently, I might add. At first I thought they might just be weedy seedies but when they started developing their second sets of leaves, I KNEW!
Hmmmm, wonder if I need a greenhouse?