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Virginia This Morning with Katie – WTVR CBS Channel 6- Beneficial Plants and Herbs

Katie Carline will be on Virginia This Morning with Jessica Noll of WTVR CBS 6 this morning in the 9am hour! (Link posted after airing on Facebook!) She will be discussing the functionality of certain plants and their benefits in the landscape toward certain insects and the culinary uses and health benefits of herbs. Here is Katie’s favorite recipe below! 
From Katie’s Kitchen:
Scented geranium leaves and flowers can be infused into a variety of ingredients. Use your leaves and flowers to flavor a sugar rim, Manhattan martini, refreshing lemonade, and so much more! The geraniums can also be used in sachets and bath bombs to add a wonderful aromatic accent. 
Refreshing summer mocktail: 
2-3 leaves peppermint geranium
1.5 oz of simple syrup
3-4 leaves of basil 
4 large ripe strawberries
2 lime wedges
Optional: 2.5 oz of clear liquor (a clear rum is a favorite of mine with this mixture)
In a large pint glass (or shaker) combine your geranium, basil, simple syrup, and strawberries. Squeeze your lime wedges in and muddle all of your ingredients. Fill the glass 3/4 with ice and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds. Strain over a fresh glass of ice and top with a splash of soda water. The geranium flowers make a wonderful garnish for this drink. Add your favorite liquor for a refreshing adult cocktail! 
Rose Geranium Whipped Cream: 
2 cups of heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup to 1 cup of flowers and leaves

1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
1/4 cup of confectioners’ sugar

Combine all of your ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Chill the mixture in the fridge from 30 minutes to overnight. Depending on how aromatic you would like your whipped cream you can add more/less geranium leaves (the leaves are saturated than the flowers). Once your mixture is done chilling, strain out the flowers and leaves. Using a high speed mixer, whip the ingredients for about 3 minutes or until the mixture forms fluffy billowy peaks. Serve your whipped cream right away or refrigerate for up to four hours. 
Important things to remember: 
Pollinators are our friends. Lots of things are pollinators, not just bees! BUT on that note, most bees don’t sting, so don’t mess with them! Check out these VA pollinator websites! 
VDOT Pollinator Habitat Program
Help Save Virginia’s Honey Bees
Specialist Bees Need Special Plants
The following plants fight off these insects and unwanted pesky plants! 
Geraniums – Japanese Beetles
citronella and union grass – mosquitos
plant jewel weed – overgrows posion ivy roots!