Look out, if you would ever think of getting close to the wren house in our front yard. Even though they are diminutive birds, they will scold you and chatter endlessly if you get into their space. The wrens seem to change their call when a perceived danger approaches the babies in the house in order to alert them to be quiet. Even a squirrel is no match for the dive-bombing wrens!
Peonies are one of my favorite flowers. Each year they emerge, signaling the time when it is safe to uncover my roses. Some of my peonie plants date back many decades to my grandmother’s garden. We have lovingly transplanted them each time we moved to a new house over the years. This spring there were very few ants on the peonie buds. The blooms were ant-free and ready to make a dramatic bouquet to bring in the house.