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This lesser known flower will soon become a favourite, with it's gorgeous star-shaped blue flowers Borage is a favourite of the Bees & Beekeepers too- because Borage Honey is sublime

Another brilliant Edible Plant with numerous uses see below.

'The Flower of courage.'

Sow outside from April-July. Flowers from summer right through to early winter.

Borage is a fantastic culinary plant. The beautiful flowers can be candied or added, naked, to salads. The cucumber-flavoured leaves can be used to flavour all sorts of things from tea to sherry to brandy. You can also make Borage wine. Or simply wilt the leaves and use them to stuff ravioli or make pesto sauce. With so many options, you'll be spoilt for choice- better get sowing those seeds!

You might ask why we don't sell seed balls- it's because they often don't really work & they are not good for the planet or your pocket. The chances of seeds germinating from seed balls is very low so you are not getting value for money, neither are the bees and neither is the planet by the time they have been made packaged, transported etc. The reasons for this are many, but mainly it's because it's difficult for the seeds in a seed ball to get the right conditions for germination; the clay/earth needs to be not too compressed, the seed needs to get just enough water and warmth. So we say, leave the seeds naked and let them do what they do best. You'll get a load more seeds this way too... Happy gardening!

There have been a lot of problems with imported seeds lately, people finding they are receiving 'free' seeds packets, seeds that are labelled as one thing and turn out to be another, and all sorts of other things. Seeds that are not native can cause serious environmental harm and importing seeds requires certification for this reason. We would like to reassure you that all seeds from the Happy Hive are native, and from reputable UK sources, so you can be sure that you are getting the best for your garden, the environment and the pollinators that we care so passionately about.

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