Grandma once told me that peonies needed ants to open up the blooms. This some 20 years ago. As a child I would love to sit with her and garden. Perhaps that is where my gardening talents came from. Peonies were her prized flower. She waited those long winters just to see those gigantic blooms open and the heavenly scent that came from them. So she told me that ants were needed to open the blooms. Well I believed that until recently. Why shouldn't I. Grandma was a very smart lady.