Monday, June 29, 2015

Borage..who knew?







I have grown borage in containers..  and it did ok..
But this year  I planted it in the new hexagonal veggie/herb garden..
Who knew it would take on gargantuan proportions?
Against the blue sky  it is aboslutely beautiful and grows like a bush..the above are daylight shots..but at dusk..the other night..it was so pretty..a different hue..bottom pic..
All this to say..apparently borage is great to grow in a garden..it enriches the soil..the flowers are edible and totally photogenic..and I would not hesitate to use it as a blue annual in a bed somewhere now that I see what it can do!

I love putting it on salad..on anything! Yes it is that pretty♥
A mom..of one of the students in my daughter's kindergarden class.. has an olive grove in Greece..
they bottle the oil..under their brand name of Zoe..along w/ other products..and Mylène bought Caroline and I each a set..the oil and the white balsamic..delicious!
I will buy again..
I made a simple vinaigrette w/ both to dress our salads..
that's my spinach:) and my swiss chard Bright Lights:) nasturtiums and their leaves are great edibles too~ as well as feverfew..
I have cut my garlic scapes:)

That means ..the garlic is not that far off:)

PS Saw a cute movie.. MAX..about a dog..a great dog..a lovely family..war..
it is  exciting..moving..teaches values..
All my married life..I saw very few movies at the cinema..I have seen more with the Littles than on our own..
I always say:"On a scale of 1 to 10..10 being the best..1 being the worst..what do you give this one?"
Of course I have started that w/ the boys:)

All 3 gave it a 10.
Don't read the reviews.. geesh..I cannot believe reviewers don't like feel good movies..

To quote a review..and I thought this..on my own..in the cinema..It's Lassie and Rin Tin Tin♥

If you love a pet..you will love this movie..suitable for kids!



This coming week..is Canada Day..July 1st...and the 4th of July..(Noah's Birthday:))

(photo source..Pinterest)

Enjoy!

46 comments:

  1. Monique, your pictures are a delight. I too have grown borage and nasturtium and put them in salads. When I was to take a bite, my brain was saying, but they are a flower you are eating and it seemed I had to chew a little harder to get them down. Don't know why. Cognitive dissonance I guess. If you haven't already tried it, purslane, the edible kind, is very tasty and lemony in salads and grows well too. The reviews never work for me either. I always think the opposite of reviews. Happy holidays and birthdays to come with your loved ones. It is already too hot here to go outside except for early morning (I picked blueberries this morning) or late evening in which I usually have to water plants. Guess I need an air conditioned space suit.

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  2. I will definitely look into purslane..now on the net and next year for the garden.
    Cognitive dissonance.I love those two words together.They are spot on for what you were conveying.
    And here ..it is but 60F ..catching up on the art class I am enjoying.;)

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  3. Borage is so beautiful, I didn't know about it till now. And that it's edible, how wonderful!

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    1. It adds a special touch to everything..Scott would love taking it's photo:)

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  4. I remember growing borage once just because of the blue flowers ;) It's been a long while though because of course it didn't flower all summer. They are such pretty flowers. I love salads with little offerings from the garden. This past weekend it was fresh basil and tarragon from my pots in our salad.

    I will have to watch for that movie. I love feel good movies too :)

    Happy Canada Day!

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    1. Enjoy your holiday:)

      Blue..they are so YOU!

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  5. What a gorgeous plant! I don't know if I've ever seen it before. Lovely - and thanks for the great movie review - who cares what the critics think! Have a happy 4th of July!

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  6. This is a lovely new plant to me, Monique!
    Is it a perennial or annual??
    Must look lovely as a cut flower as well...
    Have a great week...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. It's an annual. ..I did read than it can self seed..but this is the first time I have had it grow so huge..next year..just one!
      You too..and Happy Canada Day!

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  7. Hi Monique, i have a borage plant and I love the whimsy of it, it is so beautiful. Looks like you have a few plants. Mine came back from last year, usually I have to start all over again. Take care!

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    1. So cute adding whimsy to borage..it's true!
      These are 2 plants that have grown to outstanding proportions overshadowing my basils..and sage..and reall the back veggies..much to J's chagrin..but I cannot bear to pull it..:)
      You too take care and enjoy the gardens and views:)

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  8. Oh, the magnificent colors!! Borage must be grateful to you for such portraits and for tending it so well. and your vegetables must taste so good with that oil...
    I know what you mean about reviewers not liking feel good movies. I'll probably see Max, though I was never a dog owner. I used to love Lassie...

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    1. There is some powpow of course..the war..good guys vs bad guys..
      The borage color is stellar Rita:)

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  9. PS Somehow I missed your Maine post! I just left you a comment on it.

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  10. Happy Birthday to Noah. I have lots of Borage all over my front gardens. It really spreads all over and it just re-seeds itself here in So Ca.
    Mary

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    1. We have such a different climate..I look at friend bloggers gardens such as yours and whimper;)

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  11. I was so excited yesterday because our nasturtiams are now blooming and our borage too. I did not think of using the borage blooms in salads, but have thought to use the nasturtiams. Your salad is gorgeous! That oil and the vinegar. So lovely. I did not plant any vegetables this year, but now I am wishing I had. Next year I will plant some in containers I think! You have inspired me! Happy Birthday to Noah! I know you will play your part in making it a very special day!! Love and hugs! xoxo

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    1. Now that your camera is all healed you will love taking pics of the nasts and borage in dishes..the camera loves them..
      Thank you again for yesterday!

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  12. I too have never grown borage. Will have to look for some next year. That little garden is giving you lots of good food, and pretty flowers! How nice to get home made olive oil from a person's olive trees. Maybe Frankie would like the movie. I'll have to look for it in our movie theaters. Enjoy your Canada Day!

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    1. Well we went w/ Lucas..soon to be a double digit Little..Max 8 and Oli soon to be 6..
      The movie got all of our attention..maybe Oli was abit young but he listened to it all..they are used to cinemas;)
      But Mylène checked for Noah and although it is for General..a site she goes to said age 9 ..

      so they went to INSIDE OUT and she even cried:)
      I know..what pretty packaging too their oils..this is a young mom..
      Geesh if I get seeds..hello Terry:)
      Apparently grows well from seed..but does not like to be moved..

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  13. I love your reds and greens together but the name Borage puts me off.
    Sounds to much like Road Rage to me...
    I'm surprised you didn't bake a cake with it?
    Not like you...Hmmm

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    1. We eat real food too;)

      In French it is Bourrache not much prettier..I'll rename it;)

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  14. Your wonderful photos make me wish I had borage growing in my garden. It and the nasturtium really to add wonderful color to your already pretty salad. Happy Canada Day and Birthday greetings to Noah.

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    1. Thank you Karen!
      Hope the home selling is going well..:)Soon you will be in your new paradise:)

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  15. Agents are bring a lady by today but its a rainy day. Perhaps she will stop back by again to see our house and orchard on a sunny day. I do appreciate the wish, we are hoping to make the move to Florida before winter.

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  16. Monique, your photographs, all of them are just wonderful! I've not ever heard of borage, maybe living under a rock! It's such a beautiful plant and I'm sure delicious! I don't read reviews, they are usually not how I normally feel! I bet it's a great movie, the grands will love!

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    1. Oh I do think yours would..old enough..go with them nana:)

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  17. Happy Canada day and Happy birthday to dear Noah!
    xoxo

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  18. Happy Canada Day and happy birthday to your darling Noah. Celebrate!!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  19. They say borage tastes like cucumbers. Thoughts? In any case I have always likes the way it looks and maybe one day if I ever get rid of my weeds I'll have time to plant something! Happy Canada Day!

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    1. I'll have to taste one on it's own..:) Then I will know;)

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  20. Stopping by to wish you a Happy Canada Day! Hope you and the boys did something fun to celebrate. Perhaps some sparklers lit up the sky. We'll celebrate the 4th on the 5th with a pool party and cookout at the home of friends. Not sure what we will do on the 4th. I usually attend the neighborhood parade, but may not make it this year. Will see on Saturday morning. Happy Birthday to Noah!

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  21. Monique. I love Borage!! Your photos are always amazing!!
    Hugs,
    Jody

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  22. C'est joli, la fleur de bourrache ... je me souviens en avoir couvert, il y a longtemps, une tarte aux abricots ... C'était joli, tout ce bleu avec le vif orange des fruits ... Au goût, ce fut autre chose. L'arôme d'huître de cette fleur-là s'accorde certainement bien mieux avec une bonne huile d'olive qu'avec une tarte sucrée ! ;o))

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    1. Je vais y goûter ..seule..dans la salade..elle se perd :) Mais tellement belle..

      j'imagine que sur ta belle tarte..cette fleur fut magnifique.

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  23. Thank you for your suggestion of borage! A beautiful flower that can beautify a salad too, how wonderful. My cutting garden pot near the pool is going great guns. I clipped parsley, sage, rosemary and lemon thyme from it this weekend and hardly made a dent. I told Hugh I was going to make herbs de Provence and he gave me look (here she goes...). Loved the cookie cutters from Marie. You know I always find the mostly lovely blogs amongst your readers here.. I think your loveliness attracts loveliness.

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    1. I just sang Parsley ,sage rosemary and thyme in my head.
      Happy your herbs are doing so well...
      Yes make your herbs de Provence..you need a touch of lavender too!
      Any lavender farms near you Gail?

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