The other day I found myself at a party, having a conversation with a friend about bee-keeping. She, brave soul, has several bee hives in her backyard and she harvests THE BEST honey from them. As she shared stories of how bee-keeping actually works (including three bee-stings!), she mentioned that she’s planting lavender, hoping that next year her honey will have a bit of lavender essence to it. Sounds divine, doesn’t it?
Something about her story, paired with the lavender shortbread cookies we were munching on, got me thinking about how much I love lavender. Which is fortunate because New Mexico is known for its lavender. I guess the hot, dry climate here makes lavender plants happy and productive. And then there are the bees and butterflies!
Now I find myself looking around my yard, wondering where I could plant some lavender. While I wouldn’t be brave enough to take on bee-keeping myself, I’m happy to think that planting lavender may be my small contribution to the health of our bee population.
In the meantime, I’ll stick to color palettes. While not quite as beneficial to the bee population, it’s easier to create and cultivate a color palette, especially for someone who is better at killing plants than keeping them healthy.
This lavender palette pairs cool green and blue with two warmer purple tones that combine for an overall soothing cool feeling, somewhat like the feeling I associate with the smell of lavender.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to find some kind of bread product in my kitchen that will be a good match for some of my friend’s honey.