Are you sure you haven't been digging up my garden Berghill?
I like them, That's fortunate because they're here to stay
i think they can be a bit fussy but once they're suited, they're off, seeding everywhere.
no, it's not borage but it's in that family.
Might be a rather stunted green alkanet. How many plants are there? Green alkanet spreads around and there's usually more than one plant
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Is a climbing strawberry anything other than runners trained up a cane?
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Water and nutrients go up and down inside a plant stem. The chances of all the plumbing lining up inside are slim.
They don't need permanently moist soil, they might rot in that. Deciduous shade, they're woodland plants. Mine do well and are very dry under trees in summer.
Leave them alone. Everything dies. It's a very human reaction to want to prolong life but it's not always the best thing to do.
There is nothing you can do except prolong any pain they may be suffering.