Tuesday, May 08, 2007

The Star of Borage

This small borage plant, and one other, overwintered. Now, they're full of flower buds while the self-seeded starts are just getting a full set of leaves (all over the garden). Borage becomes quite the bee magnet so I'm happy this one is open early for business. Some gardeners like the flowers and cucumber flavored leaves in salads. They can be a little prickly, though, so I mostly enjoy watching the bees and other critters that visit the flowers.

8 comments:

RUTH said...

For some reason I have problems growing Borage it always dies on me. I love the flowers, a beautiful blue.

Susan said...

I've never tried to grow borage but I love the looks of the plant. I think it may get too hot, too soon in Austin for it but maybe I'll have to give it a try. Maybe planted in the fall?

— Susan from South of the River

Verena said...

Hi,
first I thought the flower is a clematis, because I think the blossom looks very similar!
Wunderful colour, I like this photo very much!
Nice greetings, Verena

Yolanda Elizabet said...

Very pretty, aren't they? Borage is in my kitchen garden and seeds itself all over the place which is fine by me. I sometimes make ice cubes with them to startle my guests. And I put them in salads too, so colourful.

Libbys Blog said...

I really do not like this plant, it has very prickly leaves and seeds everywhere and smothers everything!!!

Naturegirl said...

Blue red and white! What a beautiful flower! No wonder the bees are attracted to it! hugs NG

Anonymous said...

that's great. at least you have bees where you live. I have a bee hive and that
has died. I don't know if you have heard of the bee issue lately but bees seem
to be dying and mine when with them. I like to watch my plants also. Sometimes
they talk to me... err I talk to them and they don't talk back except they say
they need a new flower pot or a new wrought
iron plant hanger
or something. Your pitunias look lovely though. Iris' are
my favourate. Bees seem to like those also.

Becky said...

I must get some borage for my garden too. The color is delightful. And the bees are welcome.