Glimmer The Rich Dusk Through

--George MacDonald

"Songs of the Summer Night," Part III

The seeds are rather large, oblong, slightly curved, and a ridged and

streaked grayish-brown. They retain their vitality for about eight


Cultivation.--No plant is more easily grown. The seed need only be

dropped and covered in any soil, from poor to rich, and the plants will

grow like weeds, and even bec
me such if allowed to have sway. Borage

seems, however, to prefer rather light, dry soils, waste places and

steep banks. Upon such the flavor of the flowers is declared to be

superior to that produced upon richer ground, which develops a ranker

growth of foliage.

In the garden the seeds are sown about 1/2 inch asunder and in rows 15

inches apart. Shortly after the plants appear they are thinned to stand

3 inches apart, the thinnings being cooked like spinach, or, if small

and delicate, they may be made into salads. Two other thinnings may be

given for similar purposes as the plants grow, so that at the final

thinning the specimens will stand about a foot asunder. Up to this time

the ground is kept open and clean by cultivation; afterwards the borage

will usually have possession.

Uses.--More popular than the use of the foliage as a potherb and a

salad is the employment of borage blossoms and the tender upper leaves,

in company or not with those of nasturtium, as a garnish or an ornament

to salads, and still more as an addition to various cooling drinks. The

best known of these beverages is cool tankard, composed of wine, water,

lemon juice, sugar and borage flowers. To this "they seem to give

additional coolness." They are often used similarly in lemonade, negus,

claret-cup and fruit juice drinks.

The plant has possibly a still more important though undeveloped use as

a bee forage. It is so easily grown and flowers so freely that it should

be popular with apiarists, especially those who own or live near waste

land, dry and stony tracts which they could sow to it. For such places

it has an advantage over the many weeds which generally dispute

possession in that it may be readily controlled by simple cultivation.