I have been puzzling over crinkly leaves on some of my Alexander Woollcott's stems. The buds on the stems with damaged leaves would form but be stunted and stopped developing causing bud loss. THis happened last year too and some of my flowers were affected by not opening properly. . So I dug up the roots last fall to see what was happening. The roots were normal and healthy but it might be getting too big. I divided the root into 3 and 2 were planted away from the original spot. This year, I have noticed the same problems on all 3 of them. Wasn't sure which bugs or diseases were responsible for this damage. Upon research, I think I have found the culprit to be the nasty THRIPS. Does anyone notice this problem with their peonies in their garden? It seems that the thrips target my Alexander Woolcott and a few others more than my other peonies. I have 10 other peonies growing near it but they are not affected. Do you use any spray to control this damage?