Today it rained. The sky became dark this morning and the thunder rumbled and warm rain fell from the sky. It was beautiful. From inside we watched at our dining room window as the water poured down the thick green moss which grows on the trunk of our Japanese maple tree.
I changed into my rain boots and rain coat and with my umbrella (and camera) in hand I went outside. I found bumblebees hunkered down, tightly grasping the blooms of the bee balm, the milkweed, the anise hyssop and the Culver's root. A particularly waterlogged bumble earned my sympathy and I made the idiotic mistake of trying to lift her off her chosen bloom; I was stung.
Broad-leaf plantain (Plantago major) was growing in the grass at my feet and so, I tore off a piece and proceeded to tear it up into tiny pieces making a rather crude poultice. I rubbed the mashed up concoction into the spot thumping with pain on the tip of my middle finger. And just as all the wise women and medicine men throughout time promised...it relieved my pain. Why? I wondered.
I learned that plantain draws; it draws splinters, stingers, and venom! And when I applied it to my bee sting I believe it probably went to work immediately...drawing the venom from the wound and in effect, easing the pain. Amazing!
The rain was not letting up - and I was juggling an umbrella, a camera and now, a bee sting...so I decided to head inside...as I passed the pond I noticed the friendly little bullfrog pictured above; Benjamin feeds him Japanese beetles and the little green worms from his roses and so, he is rather tame. He is used to my camera and patiently hung in the water and allowed me to make a picture of him.
Tonight - after dinner - we all took a walk outside (before another deluge!). The large male bullfrog was out on his rock and slipped into the water hyacinths with a slurp! The bumbles were active again...and a sweet, little brown cottontail rabbit was grazing in the pollinator garden. I love discovering so much busyness within our little habitat. ♥