Twenty-five years ago I was given some bud divisions from the crown of my grandfather’s then 40-year old, pink peony. When my husband and I moved for the second time, I dug up and divided the crown so that my good friend could foster the plant until our house (and my garden) was ready. Quite obviously, the flowers are no longer pink–not sure if a seed grew over top of the old crown, thus choking out the original crown. But I do like the look of this new flower and not for its beauty alone but because it’s a flower that my grandfather had once lovingly nurtured.
Fact: Ants do not encourage or assist the peony into blossoming nor do they harm the plant, they simply want to feed off the nectar that’s secreted on the buds. (UNH Cooperative Extension Center)
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Quote of the Day for YOU: We are closer to the ants than to butterflies. Very few people can endure much leisure. ~Gerald Brenan