Ne m’oubliez pas!
“It is one of the most interesting minute flowers. It is the more beautiful for being small and unpretending; even flowers must be modest.” – Henry David Thoreau
There’s a pretty little flower growing in the “naturalized” (read: intentionally neglected) part of my garden. It arrives in early spring, and seems to be spreading through the lawn. As my husband can’t bear to mow it down, it seems to be taking over more and more. It’s more interesting than grass, I say, so let’s see where this goes.
These pretty little flowers are:
Forget-me-nots (Myosotis spp.) – the Species of the Week. (Or genus of the month, if you want to get technical. There are apparently 50 different species, and I haven’t been particularly faithful to this “weekly” thing.)
Forget-me-nots are commonly planted intentionally, often between spring bulbs. However, they can re-seed aggressively. They were introduced from Europe but naturalized across North America (The name was originally from the French “ne m’oubliez pas” and translated). They are even considered a noxious weed in some places, but probably not in Alaska, where they are the state flower.
Forget-me-nots have tiny blue or sometimes white flowers with five petals and a yellow and white star centre. They grow in tight clusters.
There is a legend that a medieval knight and his lady were walking beside a river. He was holding a bouquet of flowers. He fell into the water, and as he was dragged down by the weight of his armour, he tossed her the flowers, shouting “Forget me not!”
A little searching for a good sized vase led me to a spare spice jar. Perfect!
Some other people blogged about them too:
And if you feel like making origami forget-me-nots, there’s a video here: