Just noticed all my peony buds are swarming with ants. No sign of any damage, so Ive left them alone (for now!).
Is this a common occurrence?
Sometimes Ants = an Aphid attack ! Have you looked for greenfly,blackfly etc.?
Beware, I have suffered with ants eating the buds on my peony for the last two years: You will notice little round nibbled areas on the new buds. I have resorted to quishing the ants every time I pass by my peony. Don't leave them alone - your flowers will be destroyed.
Thanks, Ill give the plant a good inspection tomorrow. Looks like I need to act fast.
Shame the ants havent found the Giant Scabious I have in the greenhouse, its leaves are covered in aphids.
thank you figrat for the thread. I have read the comments about the ants helping the poeny bloom. Thinking back over the years, I don't recall the peony blossom being damaged by the ants, I just assumed I had been successful in stopping them damage the plant by their nibbling. I feel a bit guilty now. LeadFarmer maybe we should leave the ants to do their work and enjoy the blossoms when they arrive.