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Forget-Me-Nots — An Old Favourite

Forget-me-nots are early bloomers and will come into flower in June and July.

Sometimes, amid the hype contained in catalogues and advertisements about wonderful new plants, we forget some of the old tried-and-true flowers that have been reliable garden favourites for decades. One of these is the forget-me-not. As its name suggests, we gardeners should not forget these plants as they are beautiful, reliable and easy to grow.

Forget-me-nots belong to the borage family. They are easy-care plants that do well in a sunny spot and are quite tolerant of drought conditions. They are not fussy about soil type and because they are not tall – about 15 to 20 centimetres in height – they do not require staking or protection from the wind.

Forget-me-nots are particularly prized for their wonderful, single blue flowers which are small and produced in clusters on top of short stems. The colour of forget-me-not blooms is one of the truest blues in the plant kingdom, and you will often find fabric or paint that touts itself as being “forget-me-not blue.”

I find the best way to have a patch of these wonderful flowers is to get them established in an area of the garden and then just let them seed themselves year after year in the same spot. You may have to thin out the seedlings in the early spring, but these seedlings will transplant quite readily so they can be moved to other locations in the garden or given away to friends.

Forget-me-nots are early bloomers and will come into flower in June and July, their beautiful blue flowers creating a focal point toward the front of the border or in a rock garden.

If you want to enjoy true-blue flowers, appreciate some of the old-fashioned plants much used in years past, and like flowers that can be easily grown from seed and that will self-seed year after year, consider establishing a patch of forget-me-nots in your garden. You will not be sorry you did.

– Albert Parsons writes from Minnedosa, Manitoba

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