Last year my borage hosted a summer long bee party that lasted long into the fall. It was a spectacular event that increased my harvest of tomatoes and veggies. Since then I’ve kept my eye on borage to see the different types of bees it attracts. Today, at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum the borage was hosting a different party. This time the hummingbirds were a buzz over it.
Borage nectar must be exceptionally sweet and delicous. Typically skittish, hummingbirds don’t often hang around when new people show up. But this little guy was so entranced with his feeding that he didn’t notice me standing less than 3 feet away. He put on a show dashing from flower to flower…
In my yard I have several traditional hummingbird feeders along with clethera, corabells, hibiscus, lavender, salvia, bee balm and yarrow. These are all fairly well-known as hummingbird attractors and they’re doing their jobs! I have hummingbird visitors daily. Little did I know that the borage I sowed last year and again this season will also keep my hummingbirds happy.
Right now my borage is blooming and the bee party is just getting started….but you can bet that I’ll be watching for more than just bees now!
Have you checked your borage lately?