Every year after my peonies are done blooming, they start getting munched on. Big time:
I went to the nursery yesterday and explained to the pest expert what was going on. He asked me if the leaves just look raggedy, or if the bites look really precise, almost like someone used a hole-puncher. I told him DEFINITELY the hole-puncher, precise look:
I was reminded of some holes I saw last year in my railroad ties that surround my backyard garden. Whatever was burrowing into those ties left a little pile of sawdust at the base of their hole. I'm wondering now if that's where these bees have been nesting.
And apparently, they're nocturnal. Which is why I've never caught or seen what is destroying my peonies.
The dude gave me some insecticide/plant food in the form of pebbles that you scatter on the ground in your flower beds, and then water. He says that it seeps into the soil, the plant soaks it up, and then the plant smells and tastes bad to the pests. I'm hoping to see less damage soon.
While I was there, I picked up some perennials for my front garden. They're called Ice Plants. When I saw the picture of what their blooms would look like, I said, "Mother may I?"