Forget-me-nots wedding favours and wedding stationery – how pretty! Forget-me-nots are very pretty little blue flowers with yellow centres. They flower in spring and self-seed prolifically once flowering is over – which is great as you are guaranteed a shimmering blue display every year from these new seeds! They like a sunny spot and germinate easily when grown from seed.
Forget-me-not seeds are perfect for inclusion Save the Date notifications, wedding invitations and Forget-me-nots wedding favours purely because of their name and the implication that you won’t forget the date or wedding day when you see these flowering!
A little bit of history of the flower – the plant has been in in this country since the 1300s when Henry IV took it as his emblem. Forget-me-nots are also known as Scorpion Grass, because, according to the herbalist Gerard, the flowerheads were though to resemble a scorpion’s tail (can’t see it myself, though!) and so was believed to cure the sting of a scorpion, and snake or dog bites. This all derives from the belief hundreds of years ago that any resemblance a plant could be construed to have to parts of the body, for example, meant that it was good for curing ailments of that particular part.
The plant’s Latin name – myosotis arvensis – derives from the Latin for mouse ear – the leaves were thought to resemble the ears of a mouse!
A bit of quaint folklore tells of a night and his love walking alongside a river. He was picking Forget-me-nots for her but tripped and fell in the river. Before he drowned he threw the flowers to her and cried “Forget-me-not!”
Christian legend tells of Adam naming the plants and missing out Forget-me-not, who asked what she was called. He replied, “You shall be my Forget-me-not”. The plant is one of the Medieval key flowers to secret caves where treasure lay – press the flower against the hill, mountainside, whatever, and the walls will open. Blacksmiths kept a bunch in their forge to protect horses from injury. It was also thought that if steel was tempered with Forget-me-not juice it would be able to cut stone.
Incorporating Forget-me-nots in Your Wedding Day
1) Send out your Save the Dates with a plantable butterfly attached which is embedded with Forget-me-not seeds. Tell your guests to plant it to remember your wedding date!
Or send out recycled seed packet Save the Dates containing Forget-me-not seeds. We have absolutely loads of unique recycled seed packet designs to chose from!
3) Scatter little blue Forget-me-not flowers on your wedding tables. These have Forget-me-not seeds in them so your guests can pocket a few and grow them at home!
4) If you are having a spring wedding, decorate your venue with sprays of Forget-me-not flowers.
5) Forget-me-nots wedding favours – give your guests packets of seeds containing Forget-me-not seeds! Most of our seed packets can be adapted to include Forget-me-not seeds.
6) Finally, how about taking it one step further and having a blue wedding dress to match the flowers? Or dress your bridesmaids in Forget-me-not blue dresses?
Forget-me-nots are also on the Royal Horticultural Society’s list of plants for pollinating insects, so you are also helping our butterflies and bees by involving Forget-me-nots in your wedding plans!
Teresa at Wildflower Favours