Tuesday, July 13, 2010

bees borage hot, bees borage cold. bees borage like a lot, so i'm told.

the bees have found my borage, and they’re going crazy over it. i watched one bee make out with every blossom at least twice.

i’m having some trouble with the plant, though. when it’s out of the sun it looks great, but in the late afternoon and evening on really hot days when the sun is directly on it, it just melts. the stems go limp and keel over until they’re back in the shade. if i didn’t have it tied up for support i don’t know if it would still be blooming with us. it doesn’t appear to be diseased or have any insect infestation, and i don’t think it’s a water issue either. has anyone else growing borage experienced this problem?

i’m comforted by the fact that it revives and looks as good as new once it’s out of the sun, and the bees don’t seem to care if it’s flaccid...but the droopiness just looks so awful. i have three more borage plants growing in partial shade in a much cooler spot, so we’ll see how those do.


GoneferalinID said...

Huh, weird. I haven't noticed our plant that gets full sun wilt. It does get dappled shade from the tomatoes though. If it pops back once shade hits, I wouldn't worry too much about it.

Emily said...

dappled shade probably helps...this one gets 100% unobstructed, intense sun from about noon to eight, and i realized it's up against a wood fence that bounces back all kinds of heat, so it's cooking from both sides. it hasn't wilted the last few days though, since the weather's been cooler.

GoneferalinID said...

Terrific bee photos BTW.