Today I spent some time around the Borage plants, I wanted to count the amount of Bees, or Bumblebees, if any, that would be visiting. As it was a sunny day there were quite a few Bumbles feasting on the delicately coloured Borage flowers. This year I let the Borage plants, about half a dozen of them, grow in one of the raised beds, I did it especially to attract the Bees, and it seems to be working, the plants became huge and all of them are flowering profusely. I just enjoyed staying with it for a long while and clicked with the camera, and was able to capture some of them. Meanwhile I had forgotten that I put a pot of soup on for warming up and if Ian would not have discovered it the pot would have burnt to a cinder! Oeps! Thank you Ian.
Borage is such an easy plant to grow, it basically starts growing all over the garden, where I leave it as much as is possible, I think that it is very important to grow as many wild flowering plants as possible to help the declining Bee populations. It is also very attractive to have wild flowers among the vegetables.
Above: A beautiful Bumblebee
Above: More Bumbles, of two different types.
Above: and more of them I am happy to say.
These are my Borage plants in full flower, they are next to the Strawberry plants (also in full flower)
Above: Detail of a Borage flower, and view from above.