edited April 2020
What is happening to my peony buds, they are not forming properly. Please can someone help. I thought it was ants, they are covered in them, but the internet says not. Help... TIA
Have you used a hormone weedkiller like lawn weed and feed nearby? Or mulched with a new batch of farmyard manure (possible weedkiller contamination)
No, I’ve not done anything different at all. We moved here three year ago and it happens every year. I get maybe 5 good flowers a year but the rest don’t open.
There's a good list of problems here to look through:
I would say 'bud blast'. However, given there are ants, those could be feeding off of sap-sucking insects such as scale, so worth checking for those.
A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.