Bee Petting & Blooms

With this strange rainy summer not everything is going as planned in regards to my flowers. The zinnias coming up are few and far between, most of the dahlias are still tightly budded, and the lantana is begging for the sun.  Here and there we have a sunny day and then I see a bit of progress; some sunflowers are unfolding…

sunflower collage unfolding

Others coming into more bloom..

blooms collage lavender in center

I am particularly thrilled with the phlox, because I dug it up last year from a roadside area and here it is blooming for me. I had waded in and picked numerous amounts of wild phlox to use in bouquets for my son’s wedding. I pulled one up by the roots to plant here, hoping that would work and it did. And because it is from the wild, and not some hybrid thing , it has a heady scent.


It’s no secret that bees and butterflies are in danger and becoming scarce so when I didn’t see any bees for awhile I got worried but they came out when the sun did. They were staying in during the rain which was fairly non-stop.

bee two tone

bee collage for post

bee oh dahlia focal bw

One of the grandgirls told me the other day that she had “petted a bee” while she was here.

I did warn her that they could sting and that some people were allergic to them but honestly when they are this involved with a flower I can understand why her bee let her pet him and didn’t mind. They don’t mind my camera just inches away…she’s got me tempted to try petting one myself!   Curious about that, I Googled bee petting, and there are others that do this and have lived to tell the tale.

Bee in Motion approaching salvia

Have you ever petted your bees?

This one does look fuzzy, soft and harmless, doesn’t he?

fuzzy pettable bee on sunflower

While it is easy to get a bee photo in the Rose of Sharon bushes when the blooms are wide open, such as the ones shown earlier of the pink bush, that is not the case when they are half open….there is a bee in this purple Rose of Sharon bloom, however:

purple rose of sharon buds bee inside one

They will crawl in and out of these as well as the trumpet vine blooms. They were also busy flying from one cucumber flower to another on this particular day.

bee cucumber trumpet vine etc collage

Bee on cucumber flower

Meanwhile I was asked to leave the vicinity so that this mama could deliver some dinner to her brood in the Rose of Sharon bush.

mama robin with worm

mama robin with worm 2

If you are not familiar with Mama Robin there’s a story called “Critter Warfare Around Here in regards to her relationship with my Blue Jay buddy. While she’s polite and ladylike with me, that is not the case when he comes around!

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35 Responses to Bee Petting & Blooms

  1. Barb says:

    You have so many beautiful flowers blooming! No wonder the bees are so busy. However, I’m not sure about petting… Great photos.

  2. Karen says:

    Love all the flowers, I meant to plant some sunflowers and totally forgot – I have some wild ones growing but they are small compared to what you show.

  3. Benita says:

    Deb, these photos are gorgeous! I love the close-ups you were able to get and your flowers are just so beautiful!

  4. ladyfi says:

    What gorgeous shots! The flowers are looking lovely thanks to the rain!

  5. Cathy Keller says:

    Wonderfully inviting title for your post!! Your photos of the bees are magnificent. I would pet if I could, but if I’m allergic…It doesn’t keep me from wishing I could! Have a GRAND day!

  6. Maggie says:

    Glad to see so much bee action happening, you certainly have some beautiful flowers in your garden to keep them returning for more.
    Happy MM.

  7. Eileen says:

    Hello Deb, your flowers images are all so beautiful. I love the sunflowers and the pretty phlox. The robin is adorable. I would not have enough nerve to pet a bee, I have been stung in the past and it is not a good feeling, lol! Happy Monday, wishing you a great week ahead!

  8. Snap says:

    Your garden is gorgeous! Sunflowers and the phlox — beautiful! Loved all the bee images. Not sure I want to try to pet one. Great shot of Mama Robin. Happy Monday!

  9. Gillian says:

    Beautiful flowers. I particularly love your Phlox Debra. So that’s another plant to add to my wishlist! I’m singing the praises of Marigolds today for Mosaic Monday.

  10. Joanna says:

    Your pictures are stunning and I always love your narratives. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Gentle Joy says:

    Beautiful pictures…. my kids like to pet bees…especially bumblebees. :)

  12. RoseMary says:

    I love your title.
    Love looking at your flowers.
    I have petted Bees, I love them, and I am allergic to them.
    But would still love to have hives of my own.

  13. Beautiful photos, awesome macro shots, awesome collages! Can’t say I’ve tried petting bees, I prefer to just “let them bee”…

  14. Lovely blooms. I haven’t tried petting a bee and although I look for them whenever I’m outside I don’t imagine I’ll be trying it any time soon. :-)

  15. Debbie H says:

    Bee petting? Never heard of it. Sounds adventurous.
    When I was a child my grandmothers yard was full of clover and bees. My little sister would step on them constantly. I tiptoed through the clover. LOL
    My late husband dug up wild flowers and planted them. He also brought me wild flowers, never bought flowers. That made them extra special.

  16. DebbyRay says:

    What beautiful captures! Don’t you just love the way sunflowers unfurl? I could watch them all day…as well as the bees that are always on them. These are are all such lovely photos and mosaics. I wish it would rain here!

  17. Beautiful blooms to attract the bees. Their fuzziness makes you want to pet them :)

  18. Lorrie says:

    Your flowers are surely a great attraction for the bees. They do look fuzzy and soft to pet, although I’ve never attempted it. We have lots and lots of bees in our garden and that makes me happy. I hope they recover from whatever is causing their population to decline.

  19. Betsy says:

    Beautiful photos. I can’t say that I’d ever attempt to pet a bee, lol.

  20. Judith @ Lavender Cottage says:

    It was so nice to see all your flowers, excellent macro shots too!
    Hmm, bee petting – you go first Deb. ;-) I have had a sweat bee land on my shoulder and lick my skin – tickled a bit.
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.

  21. Your photos are stunning! Beautiful closeups. I’m amazed that you can actually pet bees, maybe they are just too busy gathering nectar to mind!

  22. I love the unfolding sunflower photo! That is something I don’t often see. Pet a bee, Deb? I don’t think I’d chance it–lol–I got stung for the first time on a trip to Mt. Rushmore, of all places! A bee flew into our car and it stung my finger when I tried to swat it away. It really hurt!

  23. Sylvia D. says:

    Deborah, Sunflowers are my favorites. The bees are a close second. Thanks. Sylvia D.

  24. Bernie says:

    These pictures are just gorgeous. Thanks so much for posting them!

  25. Carol Cook says:

    Bees are plentiful in my garden – their favorite spot is my lavender. One of the larger plants is right next to the garden table where I eat lunch. I sit reading next to 10-15 bees at a time and I love it. I haven’t tried to pet one yet.

  26. Beautiful pictures Deb and I love the phlox. I’m waiting for our sunflower to show it’s face, hopefully any day now.

  27. Karen says:

    I adore bees and worry about their plight with the wide-spread use of pesticides. They are killing entire hives. I would be afraid to pet one, though. You captured such amazing close-ups of your busy bees. Just gorgeous!

  28. Jemma says:

    Wasn’t that adorable that your grand told you she had petted a bee? I smiled over this and at the same time, just like you felt concern. Bees and butterflies are in danger, I have seen the decline as well. I know last year when I had my garden, I didn’t see many bees and even read up on how to pollinate the blooms. Your flowers are glorious and just what I needed to see on this hot Texas day!

  29. A fabulous post Deb…I especially love the sunflowers….I love to pet the bees too. They get annoyed when i am weeding too close by and shaking the plants they are enjoying.

  30. Grandma Kc says:

    Wonderful pictures. I don’t pet bees but their wings just fascinate me!

  31. Joyce says:

    You take the most gorgeous bee photos anywhere! That first close up is magical – I see the wings are slightly damaged. I wonder how that happened? Just from “bee-ing” busy or a run in with a bird beak?
    That last photo before the mother bird…wow…such a heavenly collection of soft, vibrant greens contrasted with that vivid yellow and black – amazing!

  32. Eileen says:

    Hello Deb, I love this gorgeous post of booms, bees and the pretty robin. Lovely images.
    Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

  33. Wonderful close up photography.

  34. Wonderful pics, and I’m glad to see your grandchild is a nature lover.

    I too have petted bees, it’s good to know which ones aren’t likely to sting. Bumblebees are your best candidate!

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