The Plant a flower day is dedicated to cutting out a moment of our day to plant a flower. Spring is approaching and its scent is in the air. We need more flowers, colours, perfumes.
We asked ourselves: “during the Plant a flower day what and where do we plant?”
First of all we have dedicated a break to plant some new flowers in our garden. Then we dedicated ourselves to our beautiful plants scattered around the world, the Guidi’s Greenwood.
Our trees are growing luxuriant. The farmers and the Treedom team keep us up to date and tell us wonderful stories. Stories related to the trees, to the places where they grow, to the farmers who treat them and see them grow.
On this day dedicated to sowing, we want to tell you one of these stories: a South American legend. The legends are always original, exciting and once bizarre but are important for the cultural heritage that is passed down through the generations. And it’s nice to think that still exist grandparents that tell fantastic stories to their grandchildren.
We sow flowers, plants but also values.
The legend protagonists are avocados and a couple of fugitive lovers. What did we say about legends… which are sometimes bizarre? Here it is. This is an extravagant and singular example: it tells the birth of stars and constellations passing from love and avocado seeds.
Seriokai was a man who loved avocados and spent his days picking and eating them.
One day, in the Seriokai village, a tapir arrived and met his wife. The tapir, shrewd and mischievous, bewitched the woman and made her fall madly in love with itself.
We pass over his wife tastes, although she was bewitched, a tapir is always a tapir!
On the following day, Seriokai returned to picking avocados while his wife was busy with the firewood.
At one point, the woman hit Seriokai with a stick as he was coming down from a tree and wounded him in a leg. Meanwhile, she ran away with the tapir and the full of fruit basket.
Immediately and still painful, Seriokai sought out the lovers following the avocado trees trail grown thanks to the fruits lost from the basket. At the edge of the world he saw the fleeing couple. Seriokai acted quickly, hurling an arrow that hit the tapir in one eye.
The tapir writhed in pain and fell into the void followed by the woman who threw herself too. Seriokai tried to grab her but the attempt was in vain, so he was forced to pursue her.
Legend has it that still today Seriokai is chasing them in an exhausting hunt all over the sky.
And that’s how Orione, the Pleiades and Hyades were born. Seriokai is represented by Orion, his wife by the Pleiades and the tapir by Hyades, still with a bleeding eye.
A dramatic story that however saw the birth of many plants… Last year, in Guidi’s Greenwood, Kenya, we planted avocados. But we have preferred to put the seeds in the earth, in a more traditional way. Now they are still little ones, but nature has its own time and they too.