“The Seeds of Love”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1689 (cited in Sharp; first full text from Campbell, 1816)
Keywords: gardening seduction
Found in: US(MW) Britain Australia


The singer "sowed the seeds of love to bloom all in the spring." She asks the gardener to choose flowers for her; she does not like his offers, but chooses the rose. This in turn brings her to the willow tree


In flower symbolism, the rose stood for love and the willow for weeping. For a catalog of some of the sundry flower symbols, see the notes to "The Broken-Hearted Gardener." - RBW

Cross references




  1. Eddy 28, "Once I Had Plenty of Thyme" (2 texts, 1 tune, both texts being mixed with "In My Garden Grew Plenty of Thyme")
  2. Sharp-100E 33, "The Seeds of Love" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Kennedy 167, "The Seeds of Love" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Meredith/Anderson, pp. 162-163, "The Red Rose Top" (1 text, 1 tune, linked by the authors to this tune, although it's so short it might be part of "In My Garden Grew Plenty of Thyme")
  5. Meredith/Covell/Brown, pp. 55, "The Seeds of Love" (1 fragmentary text, 1 tune, with some words similar to "The Seeds of Love" though the only surviving verse looks more like a courting song)
  6. MacSeegTrav 54, "The Seeds of Love" (1 text, 1 tune)
  8. Roud #3
  9. BI, K167