New English Garden Bee Plants – “Essence Purple” and “Silver Mist” English Lavender

"Essence Purple" English Lavender

“Essence Purple” English Lavender

"Silver Mist" English Lavender

“Silver Mist” English Lavender

One of my favorite online plant purveyors, Wayside Gardens, has 61 new perennial cultivars this year, many of them bee favorites.

There are few, if any, flowers bees and other pollinators love better than English Lavender.  Wayside Gardens is offering two new English Lavenders this year, “Essence Purple” and “Silver Mist”.

An English Lavender extraordinaire, ‘Essence Purple’ is the variety for those of us who can never have too much Lavender in garden and home. Bushier, better branched, and perhaps even more fragrant than others, it is simply heavenly in color, form, and scent. Find new places to tuck this magnificent plant in your sunny garden and patio this season!

One of the most beautiful of English Lavenders, ‘Silver Mist’ sets nearly white foliage with a soft, fuzzy aura that looks like clouds in the garden. The flowers are pure sky-blue and continue over an especially long season. Compact, well-branched, and marvelously fragrant in bloom and leaf, it’s a must-have for the sunny garden and fine containers.

Both Lavenders are evergreen in mild areas and deer-resistant.

An herb, Lavender is useful for everything from potpourri to Everlastings to air freshener. Cut branches to tuck into your linen closet, use the flowers to perfume tea and sweets, and admire the pollinators that are drawn to these plants all season long. Every garden needs at least one stand of Lavender!

Fourth Of July Honey Shrimp On The Barbie


3 1/2 lbs green shrimp, peeled and deveined
bamboo skewers (soaked in cold water to prevent burning)
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
2 tablespoons chopped italian parsley
2 tablespoons lemons or 2 tablespoons lime juice
1/4 teaspoon five-spice powder

 
Combine all the ingredients except shrimp and bamboo skewers to make a marinade.

Mix shrimp into the marinade and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Thread 4 shrimp onto each skewer and barbecue over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes each side.

Serve as an appetizer.