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RECIPE: DIY Organic Pesticide-Free Edible Flower Lollipops
[via sprinklebakes.com]

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Bees Thai Basil - 

Thai Basil is another honey bee approved plant for your garden! It is a type of sweet basil (native to Southeast Asia) and has “purple-flushed, lance-like leaves with a sweet licorice scent”(1). When it is blooming you’ll see bees busily buzzing around it and drinking nectar all day long!

In general, bees seem to gravitate towards blue and purple flowers, and Thai Basil is a great example of this! Click here to view a list of other bee-friendly plants!

[Thank you thewhimsicalgardener.com for letting us post your beautiful photos!]

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Lavender & Honey Cupcakes


Ingredients: 

1 cup (2 sticks) sweet butter, softened
1 cup superfine sugar
2 cups self-rising flour
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup cream cheese, softened (for frosting)
1.5 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted (for frosting)
1/3 cup honey (for frosting)
Blue food coloring (for frosting)
2 tbsp dried lavender flowers (for frosting) 


Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400° F (200° C). Place 18 paper baking cups in muffin pans. Combine all the cupcake ingredients in a medium bowl and beat with an electric beater until smooth and pale, about 2 to 3 minutes. Spoon the batter into the cups. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove pans from the oven and cool for 5 minutes. Then remove the cupcakes and cool on a rack.

For the frosting, beat the cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar in a medium bowl with an electric mixer, until light and creamy. Beat in the honey and a few drops of the food coloring. Stir in half the lavender flowers.

Spread the frosting onto cupcakes and sprinkle with the reserved lavender flowers.
 

[iVillage.com]

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[via teetoo] “Bumblebee on a blue lupin in my garden”

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Honey Bees Love ? LAVENDER

Latin Name: Lavandula
Color: Purple
Height: 18”  

How to grow: Lavender grows well in mediterranean climates.  Plant it in bright sun, in soil with good drainage. It can also be planted in a small pot, in a mixture of gravel and light soil.

The uses: Because of its soothing antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, lavender is excellent for the skin. After the flowers wilt, dry sprigs upside down. Once dried, collect just the purple heads and toss a handful into boiling water to use as a face steam bath. It is also edible and can be used as a spice, or added to tea for a calming evening beverage.

Photo credit: HoneyLover John Fedorowicz 

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BORAGE: Beloved By Bees Everywhere -

“According to old wives’ tales, borage was sometimes smuggled into the drink of  prospective husbands to give them the courage to propose marriage.” -Mary Campbell, A Basket of Herbs

Borage is one of the very best bee plants. It’s an annual herb that prefers to be grown in full sun. The edible flowers have a delicate cucumber flavor and make a pretty garnish. 

Its nickname is “bee’s bread” because of its nectar-rich blue flowers. It refills with nectar every two minutes, which is amazingly fast. No wonder bees love it!

Borage has been cultivated since the 15th century. In folklore, this lovely herb was thought to bring courage to the heart. Whether in a border or in an herb garden, borage is a gift of love to your bees! 

[click here to read the original post on romancingthebee.com]

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Bee + Lavender

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