Peonies are one of my favorite flowers. Each year they emerge, signaling the time when it is safe to uncover my roses. Some of my peonie plants date back many decades to my grandmother’s garden. We have lovingly transplanted them each time we moved to a new house over the years. This spring there were very few ants on the peonie buds. The blooms were ant-free and ready to make a dramatic bouquet to bring in the house.