Friday, August 22, 2008


Well, last night I learned about the herbs and the bees. Yep, you read that right.

We have an herb garden that is 8 feet by 8 feet. It contains mint, chives, parsley, sweet basil, and oregano. It has been very dry here lately, so I was watering it last night. Little did I know that a nest of yellow jackets had been created under one of the oregano plants! As I started watering the oregano, the bees decided I was attacking their home and they attacked me.

I dropped the hose very quickly and started swatting and ran toward the house. They followed :( I managed to get inside the house with only two inside my shirt—one stung me, the other one didn't get a chance. I ended up with 4 stings, one on each hand, one on my cheek and one under the arm pit. I got my wedding ring off quickly before the swelling made it impossible to get off.

My right hand puffed up significantly, and my left hand by the ring finger and pinky got pretty large, too. The other two stings weren't bad. Today the swelling is down, but still quite noticeable—and they itch! At least I'm not allergic to them.

So, now you understand why I say that I learned about the herbs and the bees...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I found something similar with my Romain lettuce this year. It turns out that in the heat of the day, yellow jackets love to rest in the hearts of Romain. I love gardening, but man do I hate insects.