Miss Floribunda

Miss Floribunda: Frustrating fungus

September 20, 2017

Dear Miss Floribunda, About a year ago, I noticed fungus-like growth on my azalea bushes (see attached picture). It’s slowly been getting worse, and some of the branches have died. What’s going on here, and what should I do about it? I’ve had these shrubs for a long time and [read more]

Miss Floribunda: The kid who likes bees

August 14, 2017

Dear Miss Floribunda, I am seven years old. My daddy is helping me with this because I can’t spell many words and he says I ask too many questions he can’t answer. I like bees. I like to watch them and they don’t sting me but my friend got stung. Why would they be nice to me and [read more]

Miss Floribunda: What to do with all that webbing

July 18, 2017

Dear Miss Floribunda, A couple of months ago, my holly was covered with spider webs (see picture) and some of the leaves had yellow spots on them and fell off. This has happened in the past, and I used insecticidal soap on them, but I’ve come to understand how bad poisons are, so this year I [read more]

Miss Floribunda: RRD, the backyard rose killer

June 20, 2017

Dear Miss Floribunda, They’re ba-ack! Last week I found severe signs of rose rosette disease on my Carefree Beauty rosebush, with contorted leaves and reddish sprouts shooting out of other sprouts. I remembered seeing it on a friend’s rosebush in Hyattsville a few years ago, and she [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Gathering Granny’s nightcap

May 10, 2017

Dear Miss Floribunda, I just came home from a “green” wedding. It wasn’t just that the bridesmaids wore green: the vegan cake was made from organic carrots and nuts; everything in all the other dishes were probably free-range; the decor, dishes, table cloths and cutlery had been [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Cold snap recovery

April 25, 2017

Dear Miss Floribunda,   The cold snap in March that followed the unusually warm February totally messed up my garden. The huge pink flowers on my tulip magnolia now look like exploded brown footballs. My crocuses croaked. My willow tree snapped off six feet from the base. The forsythia looks [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Unusual warm weather awakens aphids

March 7, 2017

Dear Miss Floribunda, I’ve lived in Hyattsville for 25 years, and I do not recall a February as warm and dry as the one we’ve just had. We usually get a couple of good snowfalls in February. This worries me for a number of reasons, but most upsetting is the sight of aphids already [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Butterfly gardens

February 27, 2017

Dear Miss Floribunda, I enjoyed the Hyattsville Horticultural Society seed sale and made my usual purchases of my favorite vegetable and flower seeds. Then I talked to some people at the information tables and learned that insecticide-free “butterfly gardens” can help the butterflies as [read more]

Miss Floribunda: What does non-GMO mean?

January 25, 2017

Dear Miss Floribunda,   Every January you tout a February seed sale and you always say that the seeds will be non-GMO. What does non-GMO mean? It’s fun to speculate: non-Gardening for Men Only; non-Generally Mediocre Options; non-Grossly Messy Offal — the possibilities are endless. If [read more]

Miss Floribunda: What is a Christmas rose?

December 20, 2016

Dear Miss Floribunda, What is a Christmas rose? I once heard a story about a little girl who, like the Little Drummer Boy, was too poor to give a gift to Baby Jesus. She didn’t have the Little Drummer Boy’s chutzpah or alleged talent, but instead stayed outside the stable and cried. An [read more]
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