Post by bluelacedredhead on Jul 27, 2010 8:14:12 GMT -5
Jack, a few plants at the edge of a Strawberry patch is said to make Strawberries produce more. Flowers frozen in ice cubes make a pretty addition to fancy drinks. Borage tastes a little like cucumber. And the honeybees love borage blossoms.
Post by plantsnobin on Jul 27, 2010 8:36:52 GMT -5
Borage self sows in my climate, bees do like it, but there are other plants that they like just as well and bloom longer. My summers are hot and humid, the borage has already bloomed and died off. Usually seeds the have fallen will germinate later in the summer and survive as small plants through the winter, ready to bloom in the next late spring/early summer. There is also a white variety. The plants are rather coarse and prickly, not really a plant you want front and center if you are planting in a more ornamental setting, but ok for the veg garden.
My little homestead came with borage. Good thing I love this plant as likely I'd never get rid of it.
Ditto for feverfew, lemonbalm and comfrey!
Borage sell-sow throughout the vegetable garden. I use borage like a bedding plant, letting them flower where there's room. And just pull them up when they get too floppy.
Right now there's a thirty foot long mixed row of borage blooming among orange calendula, marigolds, rosy alyssum, rainbow chard and cosmos. Love resting my eyes on the combination while working in the other gardens during the day. A few plants are left to go to seed so can give away seeds.
The yellow of the tansy in your photo would be a lovely compliment to the borage blue.
However the tansy in my garden spreads terrifically so I have it corralled somewhat by ferns and phlox in a dead end corner of a long border. The two might be able to coexist for a season but being that borage is an annual here, doubt it could hold its own for any length of time against growth of the tansy.