Friday, June 11, 2010

The sweet life: Ants, ants, ants!

by June

Home, sweet home! Our home must be really sweet because we have ants everywhere — the walls, the windowsills, my sewing machine. I even had to flick one off my keyboard just now. (Do you think that could have anything to do with eating chocolate while I work?)

One place I truly welcome ants is on my peonies. Apparently it's just an old wives' tale that they eat the sugar off the buds, which allows the petals to slowly unfold into those lush, sweet blooms. But the ants do eat other bugs. Nature is beautifully in balance when the ants are on the peonies.

I can't resist a buxom, perfumed display of peonies on the table. But there's no doubt the peonies carry more ants into the house. Has anybody tried submerging the flowers in cold water for five minutes before arranging them in vases?

If a sweet life — filled with peonies — means ants, then more please!


Magnolia Handspun said...

Lovely closeups of those pesky little guys.
However, I'll take em any day on a beautiful peony. I planted 5 peonies this year in hope of some blooms, one of my favorite flowers. Have a wonderful weekend.

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

I'll send you some of ours. Maybe I need to plant peonies...but our ants mostly ranch aphids for their honeydew, and encourage the sooty molds to form on our bay trees. Not that ants don't have a purpose, I just wish they didn't corral so many aphids!

Garden Girl said...

What a beautiful bouquet! Never thought of combining peonies with the acid green-yellow of ladies mantle. Works really well!

tom | tall clover farm said...

"I can't resist a buxom, perfumed display of peonies on the table"

Now that is a perfect description!

JGH said...

I have to confess that I panicked a little when I first saw ants on my peonies!

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