Is this okay???...I know I always see ants crawling on peony's...are the following aphids around?I don't want aphids on my roses...I thought someone on this forum could be of help to me...thanks ahead of time...:-)
The ants on my peonies would always damage the buds, which meant damaged flower petals once the flowers opened. So I dusted them with rose dust -- not good to use chemicals, I know, but I really resented those ants ruining my peonies! I would love to know an environmentally friendly way of discouraging the ants.
I have read in a number of sources that ants are harmless to peonies. But I've always felt sure that they were eating the buds. I mean -- I see the little chewed places on the buds (which turn into chewed-looking petals, after the buds open), and ants swarming over the buds; then I get rid of the ants, and lo and behold, no more damage to the buds. Am I missing something? Why does the common knowledge say that ants do no harm??
I can't offer you any type of professional answer ..
Can only merely state, that of the many varieties of ants that have visited my Peonies in 7+ years: it appears they do no harm at all .. other than crawl onto me and cause me to fling and swing my arms wildly, to get them off of me .. (hee)
Pic #1 of 2 .. Here's one of many Peony buds that the ants were attending(?), in April.
I'll just leave the ants alone and let the ants do their thing,maybe they like the smell as much as I do...lol..What a beautiful peony,I need some colored ones,which I might have but don't know it yet..lol...I have 3 and only one bloomed last year..I got them in a trade and don't know what colors they all are yet..I do have a gorgeous white one...this is from last year...Mine are getting ready to bloom..maybe a week or so more to wait...
Oh my!! ..
I really wish I could share the name/ID with you - but, I have absolutely no idea, LoraB ...
I've sort of, been hopin' that I'd spy-ball someone else's that are similar.. and would pick up a name for them also. (*so ashamed*) .. Truly sorry ..
The two plants, is what has become of one (that I'd divided) .. of a larger/mature Peony bush that we'd dug, from an old abandoned home place .. not too far from us. They provide such a massive bunch of some of the largest of the palest of pink blossoms, that I've seen in the area. Even the leaves are large with the deepest and wonderful color of green. The foilage itself, holds on .. long after all of the other 'unknowns' begin to dry. Heck, the stems are thick, long, and really strong; but the flowers come on in multiples: and being such large blooms - takes no time for the stems to collapse - if not amply supported. Sometimes the stems still can't support the weight ..
How bout, we jes call 'em "Lora's", for the time being-?- for your lovely name and which jes so happens to be, the name of our youngest lil grt grandyunkin' (short for Lorelei), in New Mexico: of which I lovingly call, my 'bettyboop' !! .. heehee
Hi guys, the Heartland Peony Society has a really wonderful database of peony cultivars and a pretty nifty search engine. You might go check it out. It might just be able to help you identify your peonies...