Rosylva should give an extra impulse in the use of biennials, early flowering bedding plants still unfortunately being undervalued. This clear pink forget-me-not will give a boost to the enthusiasm for the spring garden. Rosylva flowers profusely from the beginning of April until June. For both its early and rich floridity and for its large, excellent and uniform growth, Rosylva has been awarded the Fleuroselect Gold Medal.
There are about 50 sorts of Myosotis known, the majority originating in Europe and North America. The small, round plants have spiral forming, long leaves and flowers borne on small heads or spikes. The blue variant M. sylvatica is far and away the most common and is used most frequently in breeding, but white and pink sorts are also known. Myosotis is a real biennial. Sown in the summer it flowers in the spring, normally slightly later than Pansies and Bellis. In comparison to the existing varieties, the new Forget-me-not is certainly not to be forgotten. The large clear pink flowers, tighter growing flower heads and fuller plant offer far more colour. Earlier flowering and a longer flowering period becomes noticeable after careful observation and that is what the Fleuroselect judges did, deciding to award it the Fleuroselect Gold Medal. This forget-me-not will receive extra attention in the catalogues of the flower seed trade and by the growers of biennials. This attention is really necessary at a time when gardening is increasing in popularity, but spring gardens remain in the background. Despite many new spring flowering bedding plants, both the trade and the consumer devote too little attention to them. In fact there are fabulous pansies, primulas, bellises and myosotis, many awarded the Fleuroselect Gold Medal including the recent winner Bellis perennis `Robella' from the same breeder. The gardener can of course buy Myosotis in the garden centre where it is in plentiful supply, but raising it from seed is still more fun. It should be sown in June/July under glass onto damp soil. After germination the seedlings grow best at 18°C in a light and airy environment. In September the young plants can be planted outside in a lightly shaded or sunny spot in the garden spaced at approx. 25 cm. The plants are hardy, but in extremely cold conditions a light covering is recommended. Myosotis likes a well drained soil. Planted in pots or containers, or in the full ground, they give an extra dimension to the spring. Moreover, as groundwork in combination with bulbs the biennial Rosylva allows spring to flow smoothly into summer.