Borage and Calendula drying in the window sill
It’s July and I’ve only filled a couple Mason jars with petals. But that’s OK, this is my first year growing the flowers and next year, I’ll have mature Calendula providing much more petals than this year. I don’t know what to expect with the Borage overwintering here in the the Portland area (Oregon). By the looks of it, I feel like the Borage is going to wither as we transition to Fall.
Still though I love the process of gathering petals. I start at one end of the garden and shimmy to the other side, plucking petals as I go. The petals tumble beautifully into a glass cup as a flowery mass. And my hands are left humming with the smell of fragrance. Ahh!
Here’s essentially a single sweep of the garden, plucking as I shimmy: