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.
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.
The best method, which has no harmful side effects to dogs, is to pour copious amounts of water on the wee patch as soon as possible....it's a labour of love really, but since my husband loves his lawns, it's worth it.
I am afraid my red geraniums have been knibbled by snails...I thought the smell of geraniums put snails off the plants, but sadly no.