This is a close look at the buds of a borage plant. It’s a herb with bright blue flowers that – apparently – taste like honey and are occasionally used as garnishes for salads and drinks. The stems and buds have a distinctly bristly appearance, are also edible and – also apparently – have a distinctive cucumber-like flavour. I’ll take their word for it.
The city of Toulouse, in southern France, has a number of impressive formal green spaces, of which the Jardin Japonais is one of the finest, especially when the arrival of autumn makes the trees produce some dazzlingly vibrant colours.
One morning last week, I opened our barn door and this blew out in a gust of wind. At first I thought it was a dried leaf, but when I stirred it with my foot, its wings opened. The wingspan is about three inches so it’s certainly bigger than your average moth.