Monday, 30 May 2016

Forget Me Not

Remember this from April?

Crows in a wood.

Now it looks like this:

No crows. They're all busy raising families.

The ground is blue with forget-me-nots. I couldn't get them all in the photo, but imagine three shots just like this, side by side. That would give you an idea of the area that contains these trees and the flowers at their feet. It's a beautiful spot that I pass frequently on my walks.

Forget-me-nots seem to be everywhere this year. I planted one package of them in our small step-gardens a couple of years ago, and although I pulled the plants out when the blossoms were gone, their seeds had already dropped in enough numbers to produce the next generation. Each year they quickly multiplied. Last year, when I was away from home so much because of my father's health, they jumped into our lawn, and this is what happened this spring:

As you can see, we haven't done any yard work yet. But the forget-me-nots are trying their best to distract people from that fact. Thank you, little blue flowers. You're doing an awesome job. I'll get to those dead leaves soon.
Do you think their ability to explode like this explains their name?

Actually, I'm glad we haven't had time to mow yet. We would have missed this wild beauty completely. These tiny cheerful faces remind me to love nature like my father did.

I'm always secretly happy when procrastination results in something good, because ... Procrastinating Donkey, y'know ...






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  1. They just cut our shaggy back yard with a weed whacker, but before that the clover was high and three colors of tiny flowers dotted the whole thing, one yellow, one purple, and one sort of a peach color. There was an island of the peach colored ones in the middle that looked a little like your rogue forget-me-nots, just in a different color. It's always inspiring to see the trees come back like in your picture.

    -Doug in Oakland

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    1. That would make a great photo. Next year, maybe?

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  2. Forget-me-nots 'sticky' seeds cause my partner to have conniptions. He has tried to eradicate them. He has failed.
    And I smile. Broadly.
    Nature's palette is a solace and a delight.

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    1. It truly is, EC. You're right.

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  3. I was very worried last year about cutting our forget-me-nots too soon, thinking they wouldn't come up the following year. But I have since learned that they are basically impossible to kill. Ours flourished this year even more than last year! I love the ones in your lawn. I don't think you need to mow at all! :)

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    1. Now there's a plan - let them spread until they cover the entire lawn, and just forget about the mowing until June!

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  4. I love this post. Forget-me-nots have a special place in my memory several times over.

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    1. They're tiny but powerful, aren't they?

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  5. Whoah! That is so beautiful. They're everywhere!

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    1. And they'll be even *more* everywhere next year, and the next ... :)

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  6. woods are so fascinating ,crow on empty branches always attract me ,flowers are really so pretty and i can imagine well that your walks are so joyful among them,

    i also hid my inner feelings from people around me that i enjoy natural environment more then man made setup ,loved visiting you dear have a blessed days ahead

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. Yes, my walks are joyful indeed!

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  7. Hi Jenny-I was thinking the same thing-you can't forget them because you can't get rid of them. Then again, who would want to, I guess. My husband maybe. He's a lawn mowing flower killer.

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    1. Ha ha! Lawn mower operators have to be hardy souls - you never know what you'll run over and you can't just leave the flowers to take over ...

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