A Plant A Day Till Spring – Day 16 – Forget-Me-Not

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“Through the Cracks” – Spring 2013 – Private Garden – Wilkinsburg, PA

“A Plant a Day till Spring” will highlight one plant a day, starting on the winter solstice (December 21, 2013)… And ending on the vernal equinox (March 20, 2014)… If all goes to plan I will be starting with old Snowdrop photos from 2013… And ending with new photos of Snowdrops in 2014…

Commonly called “forget-me-nots”… Myosotis is a genus of flowering plants in the family Borgainaceae… One of the first seeds I can ever remember planting was forget-me-nots…

There are approximately 200 species in the genus… They bloom in spring. Leaves are alternate… Forget-me-nots prefer moist habitats and where they are not native… They have escaped to wetlands and riverbanks. They can tolerate partial sun and shade.

Forget-me-nots may be annual or perennial plants… The pods attach to clothing when brushed against and eventually fall off leaving the small seed within the pod to germinate elsewhere. Seeds can be collected by putting a piece of paper under the stems and shaking them… The seed pods and some seeds will fall out…

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“Forget-Me-Not in the Rape Room” – Spring 2013 – Jeannette Street – Wilkinsburg, PA

In a German legend, God named all the plants when a tiny unnamed one cried out… “Forget-me-not, O Lord!” God replied, “That shall be your name”… Another legend tells when the Creator thought he had finished giving the flowers their colors… He heard one whisper “Forget me not!” There was nothing left but a very small amount of blue… But the forget-me-not was delighted to wear such a light blue shade.

Henry IV adopted the flower as his symbol during his exile in 1398… And retained the symbol upon his return to England the following year…

Freemasons began using the flower as a symbol not to forget the poor and desperate… Many other German charities were also using it at this time… In later years by a handful of Masons… It was a means of recognition in place of the square and compass design…

plant petunias and question everything – chriscondello

New To writing and never had to site sources before… These “Plant a Day Till Spring” posts are simply intended to kill time until spring… My source is Wikipedia.org… The photography is all my own… And I am adding my own information… But much of this is just related from the web…

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2 thoughts on “A Plant A Day Till Spring – Day 16 – Forget-Me-Not

  1. narf77 says:

    Remember those “weeds” that I was willing to swap for the violets? Well anyone out there wanting to swap some forget-me-nots, I will pay the postage!!! I didn’t realise how truly heinous the benign looking little plants actually were. I can’t believe I refused to mow them when they invaded the lawn. My dad’s dog had long fluffy ears and when he was allowed to roam free on the property he would return back to the house literally covered in forget-me-nots with his ears pinned up like one of those Russian hats. Forget-me-nots are NOT my friend. I love the romantic idea that they were something puritan but here on Serendipity Farm they are all invasive. We thought that we had a handle on them after dealing with them for 2 years but we were unable to get on top of them this year due to study commitments and BAM they took over again. I find is most amusing that they have an affiliation with the Masons. My dad was a Mason and the only “poor and suffering” are Steve and I, having to deal with the onslaught of forget-me-nots in a sea of sticky blue each year. Forget-me-nots… I WISH I could forget them! 😉

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  2. Cathy says:

    One of my favourite spring flowers… enjoyed hearing about the legends attached to it.

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