Every day, a photograph, a poem. This year the peony has again budded out and hopefully we will see another beautiful bloom or two. Our neighbors have delightfully large and lovely peonies that we also enjoy, especially when they share with us a bouqet.
Do you see the ants on the bud? That is a natural thing from nature: biological mutualism. The peony sepals contain nectar to attract the ants who defend its food source by getting rid of insects harmful to the peony. How about that? And when the peony bloom, the ants move on to another food sources. If only humans could work so well together. See the Almanac for more information.
Budding out in early springSheri Edwards
A peony its nectar brings
Attracting ants to swarm in haste
And sip the nectar’s sweeter taste
And in return for this delight
Harmful bugs they will fight
Protecting peony from harm
This is nature’s mutual charm.
Geeky Gramma ~~
Retired Middle School Language Arts/Media Teacher ~~
Writer and Thinker~~
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