"Forget Me Not"

Gail Jones

Wilkes-Barre, United States

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Who can resist the beautiful blue dainty flowers of the “Forget Me Not” ?

Not to get wordy but here is some interesting facts about this pretty little flower.

Myosotis ( /ˌmaɪ.əˈsoʊtɪs/; from the Greek: “mouse’s ear”, after the leaf) is a genus of flowering plants in the family Boraginaceae that are commonly called Forget-me-nots. Its common name was calqued from the French, ne m’oubliez pas and first used in English in c. 1532. Similar names and variations are found in many languages.

Some Folklore and legend ..
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.”

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.

In 15th-century Germany, it was supposed that the wearers of the flower would not be forgotten by their lovers. Legend has it that in medieval times, a knight and his lady were walking along the side of a river. He picked a posy of flowers, but because of the weight of his armour he fell into the river. As he was drowning he threw the posy to his loved one and shouted “Forget-me-not.” It was often worn by ladies as a sign of faithfulness and enduring love

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