With thoughts of Spring and actually having to get out in the courtyard to 'help' the plants renew by cutting back the old, I wanted to get a gorgeous Peony in. Before opening up into an explosion of soft pastels, they are very pressed buds.
My grandmother loved them as well and had them lining a path to our door when I was growing up. One day I noticed that black ants were all over the buds and asked her about it - oh the kids and the why questions... Learned yet again another remarkable thing. The ants help the buds to open. Who knew?