Thrips or Botyris on my peony buds?
All of my peonies are new. I think Mons. Jules Elie (currently in a "root control bag", not planted) is afflicted by one or the other. Same with Chiffon Clouds (planted in ground last fall). On Chiffon, the buds started forming, and then just stopped growing and shriveled up. This is the case with half of the buds on Mons Jules. Very upsetting!