Ann, right on!!! Go, girl, go!!! I can't wait to get my seeds started too, get that spring fever for sure.
You will have borage coming up everywhere, I can rest you assured of that. Borage can be an invasive plant by the way it self-seeds. If the seed freezes outside on the ground, it does not care. That is natural way of propogation, the cold and then the warmth that sets the seed growth on fire. You will see. this year save your own borage seed. It is easy to do and you will have so many you won't even know what to do with them. I can give you some helpful hints in the summertime when the seed needs to be harvested, if you will only ask me. I love to impart information that I have acquired over my lifetime, so much through trial and error.
It is good that you bought some seed, just in case. That will set your mind to rest, knowing that you have it on hand for sure. I have sent my last seed order into Stokes for processing. I get a pretty nice discount as a reslt of the large amounts of seeds that I used to purchase from them for so many years when I ran my nursery. I still order a substantial amount, combining my two sisters and cousins, the order is lengthy.
I do wonder too why your borage didn't do so well some year and the next very nicely? I know borage loves full sun, will do pretty good in shade, loves to have a good watering now and then. If you water deeply and infrequently, the plant's roots search for water and they become very strong, and can search for water when times are lean. But you probably know that though.
I believe that is why my beets and carrots did so well this year. I was rather lazy about watering them and they set big roots looking for water. My sister would water them cause she couldn't stand them any long without water, and then they would grow a whole bunch more, even stronger because they set deep roots looking for water and then relished in the deep water that she would give them. And it carried on this way. It was interesting. I haven't seen beets or carrots grow this well in my gardens yet. Think this was the way to grow them (and turkey manure and compost).
Gonna have a busy week, won't be here much off to the bee course until Friday. Greatest of the days. Cindi