Borage and blooms

I finally got my continuing education credits completed. Whew!! I was freaking out there for a minute when I realized I only had two weeks to get 10 hours in. They usually have a seminar for us procrastinators the last week in May, but not this year. I guess the big guy was feeling a little sorry for me because I found out you can take a CPR class and get four hours. When I checked the calendar I saw they had a class the next day 30 miles from where I lived. While I was on the phone scheduling that class I found out they were having a class the same day 15 minutes away. Once the customer service guy found out it was for work, he waived the two-day in advance sign-up so I took the class that day.

And I hadn’t know it, but you can do an article review where you read articles and answer questions and you get two hours for that. Did you know that chocolate is made from the dried seeds of the pods of the cocoa tree and that the average tree produces only two pounds of dried cocoa beans? It has absolutely nothing to do with my job, but I did two articles and got four more credits. Last night I did an on-line webinar that was worth two or three hours. So, yippy, that’s done. Now if I could just stay off the internet long enough to catch up with my regular work.

Well…I’ll get back to it when I finish this post.

This weekend I found out another quality of borage besides tasting like cucumbers and having pretty flowers that attract bees and butterflies.   It has diuretic properties.  This isn’t something I had read before I questioned why I was running to the bathroom so much this weekend (hope that’s not too much information), but after I sat down and retraced my steps and realized borage consumption was the only variable in an otherwise normal day, I did a little research. 

According to some of the information I have read on Borage, it’s almost a miracle plant.  All parts are edible down to the seeds which are used to make borage oil.  It’s been reputed to do everything from give you courage to cure a hang over.

I can’t wait until the flower stalks start coming up.  In the mean time, here are a few things I’m waiting on in the garden…

The Golden Shower Roses

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The regular roses05-27-09 (16)

The regular peonies05-26-09

Some more of the irises…I’ve got bunches scattered around the yard05-27-09 (6)

The tiger lillies…I counted 11 potential blooms on this one

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Finally the strawberries05-27-09 (8)

Happy Gardening!!!

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11 Comments

  1. May 28, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Let’s see…I’m jealous of:

    The flowers. I am seriously lacking in flowers. Health problems nearly five years ago resulted in my removing all but the shrubs and a few irises and things that basically take care of themselves. Now I’m caught up with building the veggie beds, so maybe next spring I can concentrate on adding flowers back into my landscape.

    The strawberries. My one strawberry tasted really good, but none of mine are strawberry shaped. They’re more round, and small. I might introduce a different variety to the garden next year. Probably a June bearing one so I can get a lot of berries at once for jam.

    Good to know about the borage. Maybe I won’t have to get into Mr. H’s stash of water pills the next time I swell up.

    • gardengoodies said,

      May 28, 2009 at 4:37 pm

      Building veggie beds and garden sheds. Looks like the health problems are a things of the past.

      A lot of my strawberries are misshaped too. Hopefully they’ll ripen. I’m pretty sure these are June bearing strawberries, but the ones I bought are everbearing and I’ve been pinching off the blooms. I read you’re supposed to do that until June and then let them flower.

      And I’m jealous of all those veggie beds!!

      • May 28, 2009 at 5:03 pm

        Yes, it is said the first blossoms (and all runners) should be removed. In fact, I’ve read they should be removed for the first YEAR! No way, I’m not removing nuthin’. One of the posters on GW tried both ways last year…removal of first blossoms and runners in one bed, no removal of anything in the other. He said he couldn’t tell any difference in berry size or yield, he just had to wait longer for berries in the “removal” bed. I will remove the runners for a while, though. Later in the year I’ll root some to finish filling that bed.

        • gardengoodies said,

          May 28, 2009 at 11:04 pm

          I was lucky with these strawberries. They came from a FreeCycler who was moving. You could tell she just loved her garden. She had tons of stuff in her back yard. That’s where I got all but one of the raspberries. Wish I had gotten a few more of the raspberries, but I didn’t want to be greedy. She had the strawberries growing in the large black pots sunk into the ground. I got what I thought was three strawberries, but when I got home I saw they had multiplied, so I divided them and planted them in the ground. I only lost one over the winter. I’ll stop removing the flowers from the bought strawberries if it’s not really going to make a difference.

  2. May 28, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Beautiful flowers!!!

    And… I want to pluck off those strawberries… and eat them!! Yum!

    My strawberry patch is now about 3 years old. We’re going to have a great crop this year… there are sooo many flowers! CAn’t wait!!!

    • May 28, 2009 at 7:00 pm

      And… congratulations on getting your CE credits done! Yeah!!! Let the summer begin!

      • gardengoodies said,

        May 28, 2009 at 11:19 pm

        Thanks, Toni. I bet you’re going to have a bumper crop. I hope the ones I planted this spring actually produce. It took me forever to get them in the ground.

        Getting those credits sure took a load off. Summer took a little vacation around here. It’s been cool the past few days. I don’t like it, but the lettuce does.

  3. stefaneener said,

    May 28, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Jealousy, smealousy. I’m loving your pictures. Thanks for the heads up about borage. I was just contemplating a spiral herb bed, maybe borage has a place in it.

    And flowers, flowers are nice.

    Okay, I admit it. I’m jealous of anyone with more space than me. There.

    • gardengoodies said,

      May 28, 2009 at 11:26 pm

      I wish I had enough space for somebody to be jealous of. I’ve got a itty-bitty back yard, I just stuff as much as I can into it.

      All right. Enlighten me. What’s a “spiral” herb bed?

      p.s. If you’re really interested in growing the borage and I can find my seeds, I’m happy to share. Just let me know.

  4. Dan said,

    May 31, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Nice blooms. I keep hoping my to do list gets finished so I can actually start observing and enjoying the garden again.

  5. gardengoodies said,

    May 31, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Thanks.

    I don’t think those to do lists ever really get done. They become the that’ll do for today list or the do I really need to do this list or the I’ll do that next year list.


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