Thursday, July 23, 2009

Favorite plant of the day: Borage

Up close, borage flowers have an other-worldly quality.

Why? Because this morning I was struck by the way the dew collects on the flowers and fuzzy stems and leaves. Both the leaves and flowers are edible (the leaves really do have a flavor similar to cucumber) but mostly I enjoy the plant for its sky-blue flowers. This is another one of those self-sowers where the major effort is editing -- pulling out those seedlings you don't want. There is a
white form of borage, but I like the blue better.

Borage stands tall above a bed of California poppies,
another annual that requires a lot of editing.

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