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    Just an update on my flourishing backyard borage.

    The bees are going wild on the borage blossoms now.
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    Cool! I just planted some the other week. I'm glad to here bees like it

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

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    Do you have problems with rabbits eating borage?

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    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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    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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    borage blooms here until we have a hard frost. and reseeds itself rapidly
    I'm not tense, Just terribly, terribly alert!

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    My summer planted borage just started blooming today, and it is one of the things that the rabbit and deer did not eat to the ground. The late season sunflowers didn't survive the constant nibbling. Although I have yet to see one of my bees on the hundreds of flowers I have in my yard. I would spot a rouge bee on my flowers in the spring (before I had my own hive), but now they are foraging elsewhere. As long as they are happy, I'm ok with that.

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    I had borage in my vegetable garden last year as a companion plant/attractor....now I have about 2000 new seedlings all of the garden and concentrated under the areas the plants were last year.

    I collected seeds by placing a sheet under the plants and shaking them...seeds fall when ready. I left the sheets in place for a while to catch the others that fall, a rock in the middle of the sheet helped bounce them to the center for easy picking. I saved about a pint jars worth. I will be seeing how well Borage competes with tall grass this year.

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    Thanks for the tip on collecting your own borage seed. A few years ago, when out in Manitoba, my wife and I bought 100 pounds from a farmer/seed merchant. Since then I've tried ... unsuccessfully ... to find a source for a bulk purchase. We paid $5.00 a pound for our Manitoba purchase ... way less than seed catalogue prices. Ideas, anyone?

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    I was told that this entry in the National Honey Show, 30 jar class, was Borage.



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    Beautiful!!
    Donny

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    My bees are collecting borage nectar and pollen now. The pollen is white color while the
    nectar is like the one on the pic. It has honey flavor with a lighter honey fresh taste. I like it!
    I wonder what the white flower borage honey taste like.


    Borage: It's a jungle out there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by beepro View Post
    My bees are collecting borage nectar and pollen now. The pollen is white color while the
    nectar is like the one on the pic. It has honey flavor with a lighter honey fresh taste. I like it!
    I wonder what the white flower borage honey taste like.


    Borage: It's a jungle out there!
    Nice pics, you guys. I hope we'll have a plantation like that in a couple of months... and some honey from it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beepro View Post
    My bees are collecting borage nectar and pollen now. The pollen is white color while the
    nectar is like the one on the pic. It has honey flavor with a lighter honey fresh taste. I like it!
    I wonder what the white flower borage honey taste like.


    Borage: It's a jungle out there!
    Wow those plants are huge. Look great!

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    Bees are hitting my Borage weed patch pretty good now.




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    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

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    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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    Those pics would make awesome jigsaw puzzles!
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    Are those High Dynamic Range photos? What did you take them with? In any event they look great.
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