The Peony & the Bee



The bees and the ants didn’t always see eye-to-eye, but on this they did agree: the sweet nectar on the peony buds was the height of deliciousness. Faintly perfumed, sticky with peony sugar, but not too sweet on the tongue; neither the bees nor, especially, the ants could get enough of it during the all-too-brief peony season.


On a particularly fine afternoon, while ants crawled over the remaining buds, a young bee ventured inside one of the giant blossoms for the first time. Compared with her small frame, the flower was gigantic: soft-petaled rooms full of sweet nectar and one bee-sized room, as she discovered, that was the perfect size to snuggle in for a wee nap.


(May 2023)


Story & Photo © Jennifer Singleton / Read+Purr
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