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Green Acres hosts virtual pollinator party

Recipe for Honey Bee cocktail that's part of the fun

Cocktail glass with lavender
The signature cocktail for this event is the Honey Bee.
(Photo courtesy Green Acres)

Happy National Pollinators Week! Time to show bees and butterflies some love.

Planting nectar- and pollen-filled flowers is a wonderful way to celebrate. Beneficial insects love a blooming buffet.

To get us gardeners in the mood, Green Acres Nursery & Supply is hosting a virtual garden party. At 4 p.m. Friday, June 26, take a trip to “Playful Pollinator Paradise” on Instagram Live.

According to Green Acres, the free event will feature “our hands-on pollinator container garden, a lavender-honey cocktail, and special music provided by our guest DJ to get you in the mood and keep things moving.”

When it’s time for the party, just go to and click to join.

Guest DJ will be Tessa Young, founder of Prism Djs. Supplies and plant suggestions are available online at under “Events.” (Here’s the direct link: )

For the container garden, Green Acres experts suggest agastache, coneflower, petunias and sweet potato vine. Since this is for Instagram, the project is billed as “Picture Perfect Pollinator Pot-Up.”

As for the party’s signature Honey Bee cocktail, it’s also post-worthy and guaranteed to get you buzzed. Here’s the recipe (adapted from Green Acres):

Bee on lavender flower
Bees and lavender are a perfect pairing. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)

Honey Bee
Makes 1 serving


1-1/2 ounces lavender-honey syrup
3/4 ounces lemon juice
5 to 6 ounces champagne or sparkling wine
Lavender flower for garnish


In a cocktail shaker, add lavender-honey syrup, lemon juice and ice, and shake vigorously for 10 to 15 seconds. Strain into a champagne coupe (a shallow, saucer-shaped, stemmed glass). Top with champagne or sparkling wine. Garnish with a fresh lavender flower. Serve immediately.

Lavender-Honey Syrup

1/2 cup honey
1 cup water
1 tablespoon lemon zest
5 to 6 fresh lavender flowers

Add all ingredients into a small saucepan and heat to a low simmer. Maintain at a low simmer for 1-2 minutes, then turn off the heat and let cool. Strain the mixture into a storage container. Will keep in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 weeks.


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The warm wave coming this week will shift weeds into overdrive. Get to work!

* Weed, weed, weed! Whack them before they flower.

* Mulch around plants to conserve moisture and control weeds.

* Smell orange blossoms? Feed citrus trees with a low dose of balanced fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) during bloom to help set fruit. Keep an eye out for ants.

* Apply slow-release fertilizer to the lawn.

* Thoroughly clean debris from the bottom of outdoor ponds or fountains.

* Spring brings a flush of rapid growth, and that means your garden is really hungry. Feed shrubs and trees with a slow-release fertilizer. Or mulch with a 1-inch layer of compost.

* Azaleas and camellias looking a little yellow? If leaves are turning yellow between the veins, give them a boost with chelated iron.

* Trim dead flowers but not leaves from spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. Those leaves gather energy to create next year's flowers. Also, give the bulbs a fertilizer boost after bloom.

* Pinch chrysanthemums back to 12 inches for fall flowers. Cut old stems to the ground.

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* In the flower garden, plant seeds for asters, cosmos, celosia, marigolds, salvia, sunflowers and zinnias. Transplant petunias, zinnias, geraniums and other summer bloomers.

* Plant perennials and dahlia tubers for summer bloom. April is about the last chance to plant summer bulbs, such as gladiolus and tuberous begonias.

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