What’s a sekki ? It’s a micro-season in short. Or a moment that reminds you that the constant fluctuations of the natural world are really part of a bigger cycle. It’s a Japanese concept; a calendar of annual occurrences imbued with emotions. First frost. Last day of summer. The peak of peach season. Sekki moments, sudden realizations, remind me that we’re part of the cycle of the natural world.
This morning, Momma walked out the house at dawn, with a basket and her clippers, “I’m going to cut the okra before it’s too hot.” How many times have I heard that? Probably I heard it even before I could speak. Okra and planning life around heat, that’s a September southern sekki to me.
Another September sekki sound comes from below ground. Though we dig and move crinum lilies all year long, when the ground is this dry, the roots must change too. Their texture, their structure and their sound. When we rock and pull and pry, the roots rip. There’s a unique snapping, quick release ratching sound in these dry months. A satisfying, sekki sound.
Since we are dividing today, we have a ton of bulbs out of the ground. We don’t want to put them all back. So here’s a sale for y’all; get a bundle of young crinum bulbs, less than 5 dollars each, in our special September Value Pack.