Remember the refrigerated peonies?
Turns out the trick to refrigerating peonies is knowing what type of peonies you have. Single-petal peonies can be refrigerated in the hard-bud stage, but multi-petal peonies like mine must be refrigerated in the “marshmallow” - bud stage. The peonies in the fridge were clipped way too soon, and are now consigned to a life of permanent adolescence.
You can see them in the photo below: sad little balls of nothing.
The two pink peonies above, however, were snipped at the perfect pre-ant Marshmallow stage and put right into the water, not in the fridge.
And you know what? I don’t even want to see what happens when you put a marshmallow-stage peony in suspended animation in the refrigerator. Don’t care. i don’t need peonies in October. Peonies without ants in the spring are fine for me.
Gather your peony buds while ye may, while the ants are not a-crawling. If you squeeze them and they feel like a marshmallow, you won’t need to drown the ants.
Then you can have a big bouquet in your room the next day, making it even more like a hotel.