At every home I’ve ever had, I planted a peony bush if there wasn’t one already there. They remind me of my childhood and of my grandma Mason. She had pink and white peony bushes in her yard that were her pride and joy and the fragrance from a picked bouquet would fill her kitchen with the sweet distinctive scent.
As kids, we use to flick the ants off the large flower buds thinking they were damaging the plant, but in fact they were protecting it. The ants do provide protection—they attack other bud-eating pests by stinging, biting, or spraying them with acid and tossing them off the plant. By protecting their food supply, the ants help the peonies bloom.
Did you know…
The peony is the state flower of Indiana
Peony bushes can live to be 100 years old
Peonies come in every color except blue
In ancient times peonies were believed to relieve headaches and help with asthma.
What is your favorite old fashioned flower?