Forget-Me-Not/Chinese/Cynoglossum amabile...yes,Louisa. I grow a few cynoglossum every year. They bloom late here about the time the calendula are blooming. That's an impressive combo! I don't have a great germination rate on them. They like to be in darkness I think. They probably do best started outdoors. No time for that here!
I'm always confused about forget-me-nots. There are the mysotis, which are biennial, but there are also some wild forget-me-not here...our state flower! There is also a clumping form of some sort. I sure like them!
I just bought a Brunnera macrophylla variegata and I didn't think the cost was too bad. It was in a six inch pot and was less than eight dollars. So pretty. Have to say that it was worth the cost, but I'm mailing mine to NY on Monday. Someone very special is getting this one.
Not the ones i have. They are really charming bienniels that seed themselves around, but always seem to know where they will look best! If any grow where you don't want them, they are easy to pull out.
Dave, these are not the biennial myosotis, I think, but rather the annual Chinese forget-me-not, or cynoglossum. Actually, my myosotis drops seed everywhere, but I don't mind. I just move them where I want them. I think the cynoglossum is marginal for this area, so it doesn't seem to self-seed...don't know how it will behave there. The cynoglossum seem more evasive than invasive here!
I'm sorry that I never did get a foliage shot of these guys. :( And they are long gone, never to return alas, as we grew them in barrels and the soil from the barrels has been chucked back into the garden. I doubt we'll see any more seedlings come up. :(
I don't know, Dave. Either forget me not variety is a pretty aggressive seeder... you may still see more! Maybe I should send you some seeds of each kind and we can start the experiment all over again!
Only Dave (and Trish) can tell us for sure. But I'm still leaning toward Myosotis for the following reasons:
1) the Cynoglossum seem to have a protruding, button-shaped center, which is distinctive;
2) The foliage between these two is very different (and if I said the plant was a FMN, I was most definitely referring to Myosotis, because that's what I was growing at about the same time; I'm not sure I would have been so quick to pipe up with an opinion if the plant had this other foliage); and
3) Dave said he sowed these last fall and they were blooming in April. Cynoglossums are more of an annual (yes?) and I don't know if they would have fared well with being sown in the fall, nor would they have been blooming that early.
Of course, only Dave and/or Trish can tell us for sure, assuming they recall the details :)
I'm always shaking my head about these forget-me-nots. I have at least two varieties in my yard... the M. sylvatica and a wild variety, M. palustris. Though M. alpestris is our State Flower, I have to tell you, I'm not familiar with it. The common name for Cynoglossum is "Chinese Forget-me-not" so it gets confusing. I can see why our English compadres get so impatient with our "pet names".
Your point about the seeds being sown in the fall could be a clue, but in the proper climate, C. amabile is an avid self-seeder, so sowing seeds in the fall would be fine. I assume Dave's winters aren't too severe.