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!

Honey French Silk Pie

You can make this with or without a crust. It’s good with a graham cracker crust or in a pre-baked pie shell.

It has honey in it, so you can convince yourself that it’s healthy.

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup honey
12 tablespoons cocoa (or 4 1-ounce squares unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled)
I tsp vanilla
4 eggs, at room temperature

Beat butter and honey in the mixer until smooth. Slowly beat in cocoa/chocolate and vanilla.

Add eggs, one at a time. Mix at medium speed for 5 minutes after each addition.

Pour into pie pan and chill in the fridge for 4 hours or overnight.  Top with whipped cream, if you dare.