This year, my borage has fared very poorly. Hardy annual it might be but drought resistant, no.
However, it has started to re-emerge, now that we’ve started to get rain again. What I wasn’t expecting was to find a white borage flower amongst the purple.
I’d originally been planning to plant tulip bulbs that I bought at the Eden Project shop last month in the front garden. Then, after reading that it is best to wait till later in the autumn to do this, as it apparently reduces to chance of disease, I decided to wait a while. However, as my spade was already out, I did a bit of weeding instead.
The grass, following the lasagne gardening attempt to remove the lawn, is proving quite resilient. So, it was while I was pulling it out as best I could that I had to do a double take of the white flower.
Of course, it could be a self-sown seed from borago officinalis alba, but I am more inclined to believe it has simply mutated from the purple version. I really can’t see anyone in my vicinity growing borage – but, equally, I could be wrong.