Very pretty recycled Save the Date packet of seeds containing wild Field Forget-me-not seeds. The seed packet is made from 100% recycled manilla paper and measures 9 x 12 cm. Please advise the personalisation details in the box above that you would like printed on the packets. The Forget-me-not seeds are of the wild Field Forget-me-not variety (myosotis arvensis). Each seed packet will come with a recycled envelope.
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 to sow Forget-me-not seeds
Forget-me-not seeds are best sown in autumn so that they are ready enough and 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.