The Oregon Garden in Silverton has a variety of “Specialty Gardens”. Here are a couple of Lilies from the Water Garden where they combine wildlife habitat and treated wastewater recycling, two functions which are usually kept separate.
Borage, also known as a starflower, is an annual herb. It is native to the Mediterranean region. It is a freely seeding, easy growing plant with vivid blue flowers and leaves with the flavor of cucumbers. The fuzzy white buds are what attracted me to them. Apparently both the flowers and leaves are edible. It is grown in both vegetable and flower gardens where it attracts pollinating bees and is considered a good companion plant for tomatoes, squash, and strawberries. It is thought to deter tomato hornworms and improve the flavor of tomatoes. Just another little miracle of God’s amazing creation calling to us to take notice.