Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Ants marching . . . on peonies
The Internet has put an emphatic end to the myth that ants crawling on peony buds are responsible for making the flowers open. Just about every gardening website has a story debunking the myth. The simple fact is that ants happen to like the sweet resin produced by the peony buds, but the flowers would open just fine without the ants.
The ants are not so preoccupied with peonies, however, that they won't show up at your first picnic.