How about the sweet Forget-me-not !!
A lovely and appealing spring flower, – a touch of blue sky reflected in the garden among the June peonies and lilies and daisies.
The official flower of the State of Alaska, the Provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador and a poignant choice for the Altzheimer Society.
The Forget-me-not was also adopted by Masonic Lodges in Germany during the Second World War, in place of the official Masonic crest which was subject to great persecution during those difficult years.
Henry lV of England cherished the forget-me-not as his emblem after his exile in 1398 and it is said that when God was naming the flowers in the Garden of Eden he overlooked this small blue flower, and as he prepared to leave he heard a plaintive voice at his feet, reminding him that he had forgotten to give it a name. God said, ‘I have forgotten you once, but I will not forget you again, – Forget-me-not shall be your name.’
The flower stands for loyalty, friendship, love and fidelity, – the only really unpleasant thing about it is that the leaves taste quite nasty, but you weren’t going to eat the leaves anyway, were you?
In literature Tolkein was also drawn to the Forget-me-not and it is associated with Tom Bombadil in his Hobbit /Ring stories.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow had this to say about it, -
Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of Heaven
Blossom the lovely flowers, the forget-me-nots of the angels.
A sweet, romantic boutonniere
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thanks to Mrs. Nesbitt and the unforgettable Roger