Fabulous vintage wedding favours, with a traditional rustic feel about them. The seed packet is made from quality recycled paper and measures 9 x 12 cm, the seed packets having been made especially for us to our specifications. The seeds inside are wild Field Forget-me-not – very pretty little blue flowers with yellow centres – good early nectar plants for bees! Forget-me-nots are best sown in Autumn to flower in spring and the seeds will keep for a few years so it doesn’t really matter when you order them, they will be OK! Each packet is personalised with your wedding details – please advise these in the box above. If not for a wedding please leave blank – however, the words “Grow the love!” will be included unless you advise otherwise.
Forget-me-nots are best sown in the Autumn so that they flower the following spring. They produce masses of tiny, delicate blue flowers with yellow centres. Once you have them they will self-seed all over the garden! The plant’s Latin name – myosotis – derives from the Latin for mouse ear, which the leaves tend to resemble.
Forget-me-nots have been around since the late 1300’s when Henry IV took the plant as his emblem. It was known as Scorpion Grass, according to the herbalist Gerard (1633), because its flowerhead was thought to resemble a scorpion’s tail. Therefore it was also believed to cure the sting of a scorpion, and snake and dog bites.
In German folklore, a knight picked Forget-me-not for his love as they walked by a river. He tripped and fell in but before he drowned he threw his love the flowers and cried “Forget me not!”
In days of old, blacksmiths kept a bunch of Forget-me-nots in their forge to protect horses from injury. In the language of flowers, Forget-me-nots are symbolic of true love.
How do you Sow Forget-me-not seeds?
Forget-me-not seeds are best sown in autumn so that they are big enough to flower the following spring – the seeds are viable for a few years so no urgency! Find a bare patch of soil in the garden in a sunny spot and sprinkle on the seeds. Press them gently into the soil and then water. Alternatively you can sow them in a tray of compost in the same way and, once big enough to handle, carefully remove the seedlings and plant them in a small pot each and grow on until ready to plant out in the spring.
Very pretty vintage wedding favours with very useful seeds that your guests will love!