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In 45 BC Roman emperor Julius Caesar stretches February 24th to 48 hours, once every four years.

Forget-Me-Not Flower

"The beautiful blue and white color and low growth makes the forget-me-nots very attractive as bedding plants, espeically as a carpet under tulips or other bulbs. It is sometimes called mouse ear because of the shape of the leaves. At one time it was customary to give forget-me-nots to anyone starting on a journey on February 29. Later they were exchanged among friends on that day. The colonists grew them for the delightful spring bloom. The true forget-me-not is the symbol of faithfulness."

That's pretty cool, really. Leap Day is faithful in its arrival on the calendar and in keeping its responsibility of maintaining balance and harmony within it. I say we make the Forget-Me-Not the Leap Day Flower!

From Simples, Superstitions & Solace - Plant Material Used in Colonial Living, no author but noted as "Compiled by the Grounds Committee of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Connecticut" and published in 1970.

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