Borage is one of the herbs I grow because it looks so great. It is one of the scruffiest looking edibles I know; the leaves have a coarse texture with numerous little prickles and it is amazing that anyone ever thought of eating it. Copped up finely, it is often used in salads; it is particularly good in potato salad because of its cucumber-like flavour. But for me, it is the blooms that stand out. A charming clear sky blue that is rare in the garden. The arching shape and halo of fine prickles, the pink blush on the stems, all contribute to its appeal. It is said to self-seed somewhat too aggressively, but not so far in my garden. It likes sun and is pretty robust. All in all a very generous garden plant.
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When bees come to visit the earliest flowers, I know that spring is truly here. … Read More
Even the lowly (because ubiquitous) spirea can surprise you with loveliness on a blustery day in April. My main complaint is that it has too many merits, requires too little of us, which seems churlish just now, when spirea is the first shrub to leaf out most bravely. … Read More
Galanthus, more commonly: snowdrops, are one of the earliest garden pleasures in the year, often breaking through the snow long before February is over. And now in mid-March they are still looking splendidly sturdy. They are a welcome sign that spring is indeed progressing and that renewal can happen. Again. … Read More