I’m a month early, which is unusual cause I’m normally late. Ahh, but Carrie needs peonies so this is for you, Miz Dairy!!
And for my Texas friends and relatives…peonies were a new find for me when we moved up here. Never heard of them till then. My mother-in-law had the most gorgeous fuchsia peonies you ever saw or smelled. Unbelievable. And what was more unbelievable is how easy they are to grow. My mother even grew some at the old house a few years ago, so I know they’ll thrive in Texas too!
Interesting thing is…ants play a vital part in these flower’s survival. The buds are tight little balls that ooze a sweet juice that the ants love. So they climb up and eat the sap and in the process, help the flower to open up. Gotta have ants!! I guess ants ARE important after all besides being the menu for anteaters?!!
I just picked these about 30 mins. ago…more on the way as DiL got me some yellow peonies for Mother’s Day! Yay!! I just wish peonies bloomed all summer…btw, you pronounce peonies like pee-uh-neez. Kinda like pekingnese without the “k” or the “ng”. Altho I have heard them pronounced pee-ON-yaz. Maybe I should look it up?