Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Forget-me nots

Photos Copyright: Maggie May

Forget-me nots are beautiful little flowers that spring up all over the place at this time of the year. They grow between my patio slabs in my back garden and invade my tub plants but I never mind as they are not really invasive and can quite easily be controlled. Besides..... I really like them.

Taking a short cut through this church yard with my friend, Audrey, I decided to snap the scene as it seemed to be such an appropriate name....... forget-me-not, in the church yard. Most of these headstones are devoid of any lettering as they must be extremely old. So it seemed poignant to me that the forgotten person buried there should have these little flowers growing over them.

Walking around church yards can be quite fascinating and I don't feel it is at all morbid. I think Audrey thought so though as she hurried through.
I can't think what the yellow flowers are right now but they must have escaped from a nearby garden and seemed to compliment the blue of the forget-me-nots. There was a definite tranquility there that caught my imagination.

The weather, as usual, has been predictably unpredictable.
We have experienced cool wet weather for a few days but today is sunny and dry for a change.

I have been enjoying the book, The Butterfly House by Marcia Preston. I am half way through it and don't want to put it down.
It is a while since I felt like this.
Somedays I would just like to sit and read and not have to bother with work........ sigh...... but today it beckons.







29 comments:

Mimi said...

i love forget-me-nots too, Maggie, and agree with you, they're poignant and appropriate in a churchyard. that first picture is beautiful, serene.
I've been on the lookout for a good book, so might nip to the shops this evening and get that.
Guess what the word verif is?
"Apint"...maybe i should get one of those when I'm buying the book?

Nick Thomas said...

Only a good eye and a good mind would link a headstone and forget-me-nots. Very cool.

Akelamalu said...

Forget-me-nots are so pretty. I have some in my garden too.

I quite enjoy walking through cemeteries and reading headstones, especially old ones.

Formerly known as Frau said...

love forget me nots...and random flowers popping up here and there. Have a wonderful day!

Happy Frog and I said...

Loved this post Maggie. I found your take on forget-me-nots in the churchyard alongside the photos really moving.

Hilary said...

I like walking through cemeteries too. And yes, the forget-me-nots are indeed apropos.

rosaria said...

We do not have cemeteries that are just open to casual walkers here in the States. Nor are there so quaint and charming either.

cheshire wife said...

I think that the green flowers are euphorbia.

When we lived near a cemetry I regularly used to take a detour through it. Reading headstones can be fascinating.

Rose said...

The first photo is simply perfect, Maggie; the flowers say it all.

I like walking in old cemeteries, too, though I don't do it very often.

Bernie said...

I can't think of a prettier flower for a church yard than forget me nots. My dad and I used to walk through and read all the headstones, and it is something I still enjoy doing. Hope you are well my friend.....:-)Hugs

RNSANE said...

What a beautiful and peaceful church yard, filled with sweet flowers. It is welcoming and seems the perfect place to pause and collect one's thoughts.

slommler said...

I love Forget-me-Nots!! Love the photos!!
I too love visiting cemeteries. So peaceful and enlightening.
Have a great day Hun!
Hugs
SueAnn

ladyfi said...

What delicate and lovely pictures of those flowers!

Jinksy said...

I love the blue of forget-me-nots - it's my favourite colour. And I don't forget you Maggie, even when I don't visit! :)(word verification, would you believe, is 'maggi') xx

Maggie said...

Hello... I have a first edition of The Butterfly House from 2005, and you reminded me of how much I enjoyed it so have put it in my to be read pile, a book definitely worthy of a second read.
I know what you mean about not wanting to do anything but read some days.... afraid to say, that since there is nobody making demands on my time and since my husband is only too glad of an excuse to sit and read for hours, that's just what I do sometimes. The housework can wait, anything not urgent can wait... and these days, along with stressful situations, I avoid urgent too!

Crystal Jigsaw said...

What a lovely post, Maggie. You're right, to have these pretty little flowers growing on headstones with no inscription is quite precious.

CJ xx

Mary G said...

I love churchyards too. And your first photo is just perfect!
Are the yellow flowers some kind of sedum or is it too early for them to bloom.
I also have serious flower envy. We are at the mucky old snow and mud stage.
But - my flower beds are clear of snow and I can see shoots in one. I will have to do vicarious flower tours with you until I have some blooms of my own.

Suburbia said...

It does look very tranquil and a nice place to spend some time, I don't find graveyards morbid either
X

mrsnesbitt said...

Lovely little fella isn't it?

Nora said...

Forget-me-nots are called the same thing in Dutch and they are a pretty little sentimental flower. They are especially appropriate at a graveyard, which I like visiting too, by the way. The older, the better. We do have at least one thing in common.

Jayne said...

I love forget me nots, and yes, they do seem to have found a particulary apt home in a cemetry. I like graveyards too - they are beautiful tranquil places.

aims said...

I adore forget-me-nots Maggie! I truly do.

They are a flower from my youth and I've never seen them out here on the dry prairies.

That being said - a blogger friend sent me a package of seeds last week! I'm anxious for the snow and ice to vanish so that I can plant them. But here they say do not plant before May 24th weekend. So I'll wait!

Another flower or shrub I'm not sure which - that we don't have here are silver dollars. Have you ever seen them? I use to grow them back in Ontario and then dry them. They made beautiful flower arrangements.

Ah well. I'm glad you had a nice day for a walk. I don't mind wandering around graveyards either.

Wendy said...

Very poignant photo. I love forget-me-nots. They are just so sweet and pretty.

My mother used to walk in church yards and as a teenager I thought she was morbid. But she would just smile and say it was very peaceful.

Now I agree with her.

Rae said...

I adore your photos, they are so beautiful. I love forget-me-nots as they always remind me of my nanna who died when I was just 6, she was such a big part of my life that I still miss her today, 46 years later, being in gardens makes me feel close to her though, so it's not a sad kind of missing

Dimple said...

Beautiful photo of the gravestone and flowers. I have never seen a live forget-me-not that I know of, but from your photo I agree that they are pretty. Cemeteries are peaceful places--in the western USA church yards with graves are rare. I used to play in one when I was a child; I liked the grass and trees.

secret agent woman said...

I find cemeteries very peaceful and forget-me-nots may be the perfect flower for a graveyard.

SandyCarlson said...

Those flowers speak for the heart.

Brian Miller said...

nice. beautiful pics...love walking through graveyards honestly...we have an amazing city cemetary here filled with history...

Clare Dunn said...

Beautiful photos, Maggie!
xoxoxo, clare