Earth Day 2012 - Forget-me-not

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

Earth Day 2012 - Forget-me-notEarth Day is today, Sunday, April 22, 2012.  There's so much to celebrate. It's a beautiful morning in Camas, Washington and my favorite spring flower,  Myosotis is taking center stage in a corner of the garden. It's a spectacular carpet of blue.

Myosotis, comes from the Greek word meaning "mouse's ear," so named because of the leaf's appearance. It is a genus of flowering plants in the family Boraginaceae that are commonly called Forget-me-nots - there are more than fifty varieties.

In Alaska, where I grew up, the Forget-me-not is the state flower growing wild along streams in woodland areas in the midsummer months. Forget-me-not flowers are very fragrant in the evening, with little or no scent during the daytime.

The legend of the forget-me-not is a bittersweet tale. Once a medieval knight and his lady love were walking beside a river when he fell into the water.  Alas, heavy armor weighed him down and sinking, he threw the bouquet of blue flowers to her shouting, "forget me not."

The tiny and delicate blossoms remind me of clear blue sky and the yellow center, the sun. Five petals grow in a slightly disorderly fashion which makes them even more appealing to this nature lover. In short, they are quite charming with timeless appeal.

The forget-me-not is a perfect plant for a shady garden, or those damp spots that are normally tough to landscape. The true forget-me-not is the Myosotis sylvatica, and can be found growing wild in parts of North America, Europe and New Zealand.

The second forget-me-not is the one that is often seen in Alaska, or spots near a stream bed. It's the M. scorpiodes, or the water forget-me-not. It grows low to the ground and blooms longer, plus, it's a perennial. These will do well in a shady garden if kept moist.

There is another variety called the Chinese forget-me-not, or Cynoglossum amabile, but it's not a true Myosotis. These are annuals and don't need to be kept as moist as the other two true forget-me-not varieties.  Chinese forget-me-nots can be grown in sun or light shade.

In my Camas, Washington garden, two varieties are growing and both are the true forget-me-not. While I can appreciate the Chinese forget-me-not, I'm partial to wildflowers and enjoy their  hardiness and return visits to the Spring garden.

Yes, it's Earth Day, Sunday April 22, 2012. There is so much around us to celebrate. Today, with the sun shining and temperatures near 80 degrees, this Camas, Washington EcoBroker will soak in the beauty of nature - and listen to its message of "forget-me-not." Earth Day 2012 - Forget-me-not

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Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Debb - Nice Earth Day post. Every couple of years, Mary & I mail packets of forget-me-not seeds to our sphere - it's been a nice, inexpensive and well-appreciated mailing.


Apr 22, 2012 01:29 AM #3
Kim Carlson 480-993-9384 - Mesa, AZ
Valley of the Sun Realtor, Seller Specialist

Earth Day is today, Sunday, April 22, 2012.  There's so much to celebrate. Oh Happy Day!

Apr 22, 2012 01:35 AM #4
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

I heard there was a possibility that you were going to be at the Activerain meetup in Tumwater last week. Was disappointed not to see you, but I know we will hookup again soon.


Apr 22, 2012 01:37 AM #5
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Happy earth day girl.    Love the forget me nots but didn't know anything about them until now!   Thanks.

Apr 22, 2012 02:05 AM #6
Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson

Happy Earth Day Debb... Flowers are beautiful..

Apr 22, 2012 02:22 AM #7
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Happy Earth Day Debb.................lovely "patch of blue" in your garden. 

Apr 22, 2012 02:39 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a beautiful tribute to Earth Day!  I love forget me nots and did not realize that they are the state flower.  In France they sell them in little bunches, and they are call myosotis.  They are also the subject of many French songs that my mother used to sing to me to get me to sleep.  Thanks for this lovely post.  A

Apr 22, 2012 03:35 AM #9
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert


Excellent blog and thanks for the discussion of the forget-me-not flower. I will suggest your blog and Happy Earth Day to you.

Apr 22, 2012 03:40 AM #10
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Howdy Adrian - love your energy savings tips for Earth Day...makes cents ( sense). ;)

Sharon, thanks so much for giving our Lake Goddess a shout out...can't believe I missed the date. Darn it. Forget me not is right!!!

Dick- I sent out wildflower seed blossoms to my peeps for Earth Day...they are handcrafted in Boulder, which made me think of all my Colorado connections.

Apr 22, 2012 03:56 AM #11
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Debb-I wouldn't have even known myself if Mel hadn't made a comment on her post the other day to Gayle.  She said she heard it was April 20th. So I only knew by that. So if you are right and it is Tuesday she will get a double celebration. Maybe she can let us know for sure.

Apr 22, 2012 04:06 AM #12
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Debb: Very fitting photos of Forget-Me-Nots on Earth Day.  Have a relaxing Sunday afternoon!

Apr 22, 2012 04:58 AM #13
Cathy Criado
Criado Realty - San Antonio, TX
Making Real Estate Profitable

Hey Debb - A special hello to you. Thanks for the kind words about my blog series. It was fun. I'm going to switch gears and start talking about feature/benefit statements as well as other topics that would better serve buyers and sellers. 

And forget you not!

Happy Earth Day my friend!

 It wouldn't be a complete day without an exchange with you too!



Apr 22, 2012 06:22 AM #14
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Debb, Happy Earth Day! Today would not be complete without visiting your blog for the sweetest thoughts on the Earth today, I would defniately not, forget you not!

Apr 22, 2012 08:52 AM #15
Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co

Hey Debb, happy Earth Day to you too!

Apr 22, 2012 02:13 PM #16
Cheryl Thomson REALTOR Army Ret
United Real Estate (703.216.5635) - Prince William, VA
Associate Broker in Northern Virginia

Hi Debb. Yesterday was a dreary day in Prince William County and a bit cold for spring.  I sure could of used some warmer weather and flowers. The blooms are beautiful.

Apr 23, 2012 12:36 AM #17
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hi Kim - thanks so much for the visit. Like your upbeat attitude. ;)

Todd, had a closing - no complaints...but I did want to attend. Sorry to have missed it ( and you). Next time.

You're welcome Cal Gal. Glad to see your smiling face, hope you're staying busy selling up a storm.

Hi Janis, I love the clear blue color of them - they look happy don't you think?

Roger, blues that don't give us the blues. ;)

Hi Alexandra, state flower of Alaska, where I spent most of my youth. I loved them as a young girl, and still do.

Bob, you're very sweet. Thanks much and I'll be by to visit your blog soon.

Apr 23, 2012 12:56 AM #18
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Debb, what beautiful flowers, and bet Alaska was beautiful!     Earth Day was beautiful here yesterday!

Apr 23, 2012 08:29 AM #19
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Sharon, it was the 20th - straight from the birthday girl's mouth. I have to write this stuff down on a calendar. :)

Anita, thanks and back at ya.

Apr 24, 2012 12:00 AM #20
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Cute Cathy - forget you not too. I look forward to your next series...I know it will be useful and well written.

Ellen, you are a wonderful woman. Thanks for the friendship and the comments. xxoo

Lynda - thanks and good to see you. :)

Cheryl, I will send some sunshine your way.

Hi Joan, I know it was beautiful in Denver - a little bird girl told me. ;) Yes, Alaska is a beautiful place, especially with wildflowers in bloom.

Apr 24, 2012 12:04 AM #21
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

Happy Earth Day belated!   My property is covered with the forget me nots at this time of year!   Such a beautiful carpet of blue.... and white - I love my white ones!

Apr 24, 2012 10:59 AM #22
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