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  1. #1
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    Default update: Borage

    Just an update on my flourishing backyard borage.

    The bees are going wild on the borage blossoms now.
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    Default Re: update: Borage

    Cool! I just planted some the other week. I'm glad to here bees like it

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    Default Re: update: Borage

    I like to do some succession planting. Yes, right now is the time to
    plant them in the Spring time.

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    Default Re: update: Borage

    Do you have problems with rabbits eating borage?

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    Default Re: update: Borage

    Right now I don't have the rabbits. So cannot tell you.
    But I am sure in time of a dearth they will eat any plants they can find.
    Seeing the dust bowl on you tube of how the jack rabbits got killed and
    no vegetation will survived them, I am sure they will eat the borage too.
    If you have rabbits then make a rectangular chicken wire fence around them.
    Put up a few stakes will hold the fence together. If they want to dig under
    the fence then line the bottom of the raise bed with chicken fence too. The
    bigger wires mesh will do.

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    Default Re: update: Borage

    For what it's worth, I have rabbits all over the place, and deer. Neither bothered my borage. Early on one seedling had evidence of leaf damage, but they must not have liked it and didn't come back.

    Only a few borage plants, but they sprawled all over with lots of flowers. Very popular with honeybees.

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    Default Re: update: Borage

    Quote Originally Posted by philbee View Post
    Those are pretty spectacular photographs of the bees on borage ... wonderful the way you got in some sky and landscape in the background. I forwarded the second image to a friend who is an amateur painter to see if she's up for the challenge. Thanks. - Tony
    That's about the only way to get good photos of borage being worked by bees. The flowers hang down quite a bit, so the bees are forced to work upside down.

    And thanks for the comments... Took about 50 photos to get 3-4 decent ones. But, with borage, you pick your shot and wait. The bees flitter around from flower to flower pretty quick until they find one that has refilled with nectar.

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