Ants and Peonies

Peonies and Ants have a long standing relationship. I have no idea how it started or how deep their love goes, but rarely are a Peonies’ buds without their partner, the ant.

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Some say that the Peony bud can’t open without the ant. Others say that isn’t true. All sorts of theories exist for untold hours of reading, that hopefully someday I will be comfy in a hammock with a lovely Ice Coffee and I will dive into the topic enthusiastically. For now, I know that in my yard, ants arrive without warning and march over the buds ferociously until it opens and then they disappear unseen until next years buds call them out.

 

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I also know that should I cut buds early to open inside in a vase without the ant, disappointingly, they don’t, at least in my Northern Vermont Non-Horticulturist home.  How this amazing process works or why, I can’t say. But I can say that the result is magnificent and their perfume intoxicating.

 

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And I wonder, how does such a huge, fluffy looking flower head fit into such a tiny bud? You would never get it back in there, no matter your folding skills.

 

  1 comment for “Ants and Peonies

  1. Linda
    June 23, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    I have three peonies under my kitchen window. I know that every year, when the peonies bloom, I will have ants in the kitchen. I used to get all wigged out and try to kill every last one fearing they would invade my house, but now I am patient. They leave when the peonies are finished flowering.

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