Sitting on the front porch, the air rustles with the soft thrum of bees busy with their work. Stretching tall and hairy, blue borage flowers shimmer as bees dance from bloom to bloom. Later, when my son comes home from school, he will pluck some of those flowers off - eat them by the handful and swear they taste like cucumber. And they do.
Borage is said to attract bees from miles away. Having planted borage for the first time this year, that statement appears to be accurate. While the rest of my yard is only occasionally dotted with a honey bee or furred black bumble bee, the sprawling borage, seated in the middle of our butterfly garden, hovers and hums from morning til evening.
Borage is particularly useful for interplanting with fruits and vegetables. Pollination skyrockets and it is said to render the produce tastier as well. It is, fortunately, notoriously easy to grow from seed but does like full sun and room to roam - my two biggest plants take up about two square feet each. Experienced gardeners swear that you only need to plant borage once as it happily reseeds itself year after year. I look forward to such volunteers next year.
Because I like honey and blueberries and tomatoes and watermelon and all the other wonderful things that bees give us, and because bees are struggling just to survive, I would like to give something back.
This week, I will be giving away free borage seeds - come one come all, or at least all those living in the U.S. (I'm not up for international shipping right now). If you have a sunny spot in your yard and would like to welcome bees and other wild pollinators, please email your contact information to greenbeandreams(at)gmail(dot)com for free borage seeds. I'll send them out within a week.
Let's make it a little easier for those bees to forage for borage.
Borage Giveaway is Officially Over. I'm fresh out of seeds. The rest of you have permission to let your clover grow for the bees. :)