Wow, our summer was a weird one. I always write about how our garden looks terrible after a summer here in the desert but that is not the case this year…so strange. It reminds me of Monsoon seasons from decades ago when my father and I would watch the huge cells roll in over the city from the mountain area we lived on. I remember always asking him why he always called the huge clouds cells.
“Well that’s just another word for clouds” he would answer back.
After the huge lightning storms and rain would roll in and out, we would go out and explore the mountain. There were always huge pools of water and waterfalls everywhere. The newly wet desert always smelled heavenly. The water made everything smell so fresh. I would always say…
“Looks like God gave the desert a shower, it was getting pretty dirty there.”
Fast forward to 2022 and after years of dry summers, my family finally got to experience a summer from long ago with all the storms that we have been witness to here lately. Our garden is green this summer, not crunchy yellow and brown with everything dead. It was hot in those last weeks of July, with an occasional dust storm that rolled in, but no rain. Then the rain came. So far, it’s my favorite gift this summer.
Over the summer I worked on re-potting and moving pots around the garden to try and save what I could.
We lost our grapes this year, they were hit with a type of bug early on. My husband is still in the process of keeping the vines alive, which are years old.
They are starting to come back again but no grapes this year sadly.
I got stung by one of them Carolina bees. It was on my arm , the underside where the elbow is. I was watering the garden and one landed on me without me noticing and when I bent my elbow, the bee stung me. I believe it got stuck when I bent my arm. You know how you bend your arm, well that’s where the bee landed.
All of a sudden it felt like my right right arm was on fire. IT HURT. I have been stung by many things growing up here in Arizona, that’s just part of being a native here in this state. We have a lot of fire type insects that sting and burn when they bite. This one shocked me though. It seem to have a big punch.
I told my husband that I believe those Carolina bees we ordered have a different type of venom that I am not used to. I don’t remember bee stings hurting like this. My arm swelled, turned red, and it felt like an oven the rest of the day and the next two days afterwards.
The stinger had come out when my husband removed it. I was just sensitive to the sting I guess. I suppose my body knows the Arizona insect stings and I don’t react to them anymore. Of course this is not how it works, just my crazy imaginative explanations.
I wonder if this means I am ready to move to Carolina now. Still haven’t decided if we are moving or where that would be, but we have a place to visit this Fall sometime, that’s a start. My heart will always be apart of the state I was born and raised in…I love Arizona. Took a Benadryl and passed out the rest of the day because that’s a Benadryl for you. Your eyes get heavy and you walk around the house trying to get things done saying out loud…
“Why am I so tired?”
Then your husband laughs and reminds you that you just took a Benadryl and you stop, think awhile and say…
“Oh yeah, that’s right! I need to just lay down for awhile”
You all know how it works.
By the third day the swelling went down as well as the bright redness, the burning part didn’t. I continued with the ice bag, on and off. The third day there was an intense itching, the worst I ever had and I have been bitten by ants and spiders which also cause lots of itching but nothing like this bee sting. Then a tiny rash came where the bite and swelling once were. What the heck I thought myself, what kind of a bee stung me?
“Hey, I think I got stung by a super hero bee, super warrior bee with extra venom, this wasn’t an ordinary bee”
My husband laughs and tells me it was just a bee.
Then a couple weeks pass and my husband gets bitten in the same area under his elbow in the inside area and tells me how it burns and REALLY itches.
Must be where we get stung or bitten that determines how much you react to it.
Now I developed a little bit of a fear of these bees. Poor bee, it had no choice but to sting when it got trapped when I bent my arm. Every morning when I go out to leave water for both the bees and birds, now I walk slowly around where the bees hang out, trying to protect my eyes. I fear my eyes are vulnerable to the bees right now. I can’t believe I would ever be writing this but…
“Those bees are starting to freak me out”
Maybe I will wear my husband’s bee hat…What are they called? I know it’s a bee suit, but the top part with the little garden looking hat with netting…what is that called? Anyway, I will have to get over this fear. No fun being afraid of something in my garden. And I like bees.
Here are a few things I worked on in the garden over the summer.
Here are our flowers this summer, very unusual to have flowers here in our summer garden. Think the rains tricked our garden into thinking it was Spring. Our temps weren’t that hot either…weird, really strange. This summer has not only flown by but it has been a pretty easy one too.
My son worked on his inside plants he is trying to grow and was so happy to finally get some mushrooms growing.
And my son put up his vertical garden tubes he designed and is experimenting with for small space gardening. They have these everywhere, this is something my son wanted to try on his own.
I can’t believe we are going into Fall now. The summer flew by didn’t it. Now I’m seeing pumpkins everywhere. I’m thinking about Fall markets and beautiful leaves. Happy gardening everyone.