Smaller Forget-me-not (Mysotis laxa), is one of seven species of Mysotis found in New England, only two of which are native.
Nice. Do they turn from pink to blue?
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Yes, they do, Jim. Many flowers change hues as the mature.
Cute little flowers. They were some of mother’s favorite flowers but of course they don’t grow in Texas (not that I’m aware). She picked them in Germany as a child,
These seem to have hopped over Texas, the USDA map shows them on the east and west coasts but not in the middle of the country. There are several species of forget-me-nots, so maybe one of the non-natives found its way to TX.
As a child, my mother picked the “nots” in Germany. She never saw any in Texas and I have not researched if there is a species that grows here.
I am not sure which species it is that romps through my otherwise native garden, but I adore it and turn a deaf ear to my steward friends who suggest I remove it.
I feel the same way about Virginia Spiderwort. Mary Beth removes a lot of it, but I’ve been able to convince her to spare some. There are plants that are just too invasive, but I don’t think forget-me-nots will crowd anything out.
I don’t think so either. Spiderwort~ I love that too. Wish mine would spread.
Now that’s what I call a real beauty .. both the subject and the image. Really nice.
Thanks, David. Shots like this take a lot of effort, so I appreciate your praise.
So delicate – just lovely soft colors.
Thank you, Carol. They are indeed delicate and tiny to boot. I didn’t bother to measure, but I think 1/4″ or less in diameter.
I stared and stared at these last night, trying to remember where I’ve seen them. I knew I hadn’t seen them as flowers, but they seemed so familiar. Had they adorned Easter hats? doll clothes? play jewelry? I didn’t know.
When I looked at the image again just now, it clicked. When I was in grade school, my favorite aunt gave me a gussied-up version of a piggy bank. It was an elephant bank, and it was the fanciest elephant you’ve ever seen decorated with flowers and jewels. The flowers have to be your forget-me-nots: both pink and blue. This isn’t the best photo, but I haven’t time for a better one just now. Still, it gives you an idea, and solves the mystery for me.
The real flowers are especially pretty. I never imagined that my elephant’s flowers were copies of something in nature, but there they are. The porcelain ones are 3/8″ in diameter, so even they are larger than your tiny beauties.
Whoops — here’s the photo.
What a delightful and delicate little keepsake. I don’t imagine it could hold much change and it would be a shame to have to break it open if there is no other way to remove the coins. Years ago I had a friend who made candle figurines of Tolkien characters, one of which I gave as a present to my mother. Hers was of a Gandalf-like person sitting on a mushroom. Of course, we never burned it and may have even clipped the wick as a safeguard. I think I may still have it here somewhere.
Oh so lovely! Beautiful clarity, color, and composition.
Thank you, Lemony. Nature is such a grand artist to our perception.
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