Until this weekend, the bees and I had an understanding.


I deadhead the flowers, which produces more for them to enjoy.


I leave them alone; they leave me alone.


Someone didn’t get the message.


A honeybee stung me, stuck in me and wouldn’t let go. I read later that honeybees sting only once, leaving their stinger and venon sac in the victim. This results in their own premature death. Bumblebees, yellow jackets and wasps on the other hand can sting multiple times. That’s just wrong.


The justice of a strike for a life seems fair.


Like the knats that have invaded the garden this year, the spiders have their revenge.


With temperatures already approaching the century mark, the bees, butterflies, dogs and dog walkers were moving slow – easy prey for my camera.


Even the killdeer is too hot to sit on her babies – so she shades them instead.


The pups took their walkers to their favorite shady spots. Lily has this down.


Jack too.


And Bobo.


Lucky pups. Not so lucky walkers and gardeners. Jody worked on sprinklers in the west yard, Maria fixed the drip in the Willow garden, and Rob mowed. I think I got the better end of the deal this weekend, except for the stinging bee.


If it is this hot in the spring, I think we’re in for a long summer. No complaints though, when surrounded by good dogs,


good friends and beautiful flowers…


with mostly well-behaved bees.


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I am a nascent gardener, rescuer, and photographer, chronicling the journey of the dogs at Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary near Sacramento, CA - and the Memorial Garden we have devoted to them.

21 thoughts on “Bee-trayal”

  1. Just lovely photos. Hot weather is hard on goldens however those in the photos look very cool and happy. Joy

    1. We cut back on the length of walks, but increase the number, so they get plenty of play/people time in between naps in the air conditioning. Lucky them!!! No rest for us. 🙂

  2. The gardens look beautiful; not a fan of hot weather, but ours comes with dreadful humidity. The pups look so happy…so do the bees. A sting is no fun: hope you’ll heal quickly, Ogee. Peace to your week!

  3. Ouch! I was stung last year in the HB garden by a yellow jacket. I guess we need to remember that we are the caretakers of the garden and we better tread lightly. As always the pictures are gorgeous.

  4. Loved the shots.
    My in-laws have a bunch of bee hives, somehow they don’t sting me, I like to believe it’s because I’m sweeter than honey lol But then it may also be because I’m toxic to them lol

  5. Your beautiful garden must be like a dessert buffet for the bees, and you must be awfully sweet if one left a gorgeous flower just to sting you. 😉 Our summer is heating up too. We have to start our walks earlier and earlier in the day to beat the heat–not an easy thing for a Golden who likes her beauty rest!

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