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Dairy ants

Radio Show: Dairy ants – seriously
Dairy Ants herd aphids and milk them for a tasty treat.  They keep them all winter, protect them from predators (except from me!) and stroke the aphids with their antennae which makes the aphids secrete a milky substance which the ants eat.  Mutual admiration society!

Black aphids

Dairy ants

I just had to share a photo of my lemon yellow lilium!

Asiatic Lily ‘Lemon Yellow’

While I really love the look of Ninebark, I’m not a fan of the powdery mildew that seemed to overtake mine.  I will give a resistant variety a try…  ‘Summer Wine’ from Proven Winners is reportedly PM resistant.

Ninebark 'Summer Wine' from Proven Winners

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