Posted: 08/06/2015 at 11:43
This is the bud today with the sticky stuff all over it and now on the leaves.
So here I am with my peony again a year on from these posts last year and I'm wondering if the buds are actually going to open this year. Last year they didn't. They swelled - and didn't open - and there was the business with the bug around all the time.
This year, I have more buds - the excitement last year was that the peony had survived being moved as a couple of root cuttings from a neighbour digging up the peony and throwing it out. It's back to early June again, I have 7 buds this year but they are still tight and not opening. The very stem which the bug played with for days last year had the first bud to appear - and now the bud is secreting a sticky stuff covering the entire bud and one of the leaves below the bud.
This is peony paranoia as the buds didn't reach flowering stage last year. If I remember I think it rained for weeks and there was no sunshine - but I can't remember. I'm worried that the buds are going to stay tight closed again or if I ought to just wait - or if the sticky stuff comes from the peony itself or a bug has chosen it to covet for itself and it's the bug producing the sticky stuff.
I need someone to go 'LOL this is normal, this is what peony buds do'! But maybe they don't. All the neighbourhood peonies have been blooming for weeks but I thought as mine is just a root uplifted year before last, that it may not successfully get to blooming until it's matured? But would be great to know if it looks as if I have bug problems which stop the buds flowering. I was wondering whether to gently wipe off the goo with a damp cloth and soapy water.
Any advice anyone?