Please tell me those little buggers are trying to eat my blooms? I've never noticed them on any other plant!! I was out misting the plant leaves and buds with a "bloom booster" mixture when I noticed red ants all over my Peony. This is the Peony I threatened last year with dumpster duty if it didn't "do" something the next spring/summer...LOL Last year was year #2 since planting it...lots of leaves but only two blooms...grrrr!!! This year? What to my wandering eyes should appear...TWENTY-ONE buds at last count!!!! Yip-peee!! But these red ants?!!!!!!! Thoughts anyone?
Yes ants crawl all over my peonies and I have a thriving crop every year. (Of peonies, that is.) I think there is some sort of beneficial relationship between the peony and ants, but I don't know what it is off the top of my head.
Well Hello Pete!!! Good to "see" you again!! I will officially consider the red ants my friends now! LOL And if the apids are what's chewing on my rose bush already...I wish they'd march their happy butts a few feet over and feast on them!! :)