Miss Floribunda

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]

Miss Floribunda: Which tulip bulbs will bloom year after year?

November 16, 2016

 Dear Miss Floribunda,   I am getting old and arthritic and planting bulbs in the fall is getting to be a chore I don’t want to continue for many more years. I have been planting naturalizing varieties of daffodils, snowdrops, iris reticulata, squills and grape hyacinths, which are quite [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Halloween List of Garden Horrors

October 15, 2016

Dear Miss Floribunda, Last October your “War of the Weeds” column gave a rundown on the most evil weeds invading our gardens. It actually helped me figure out what to pull out this year. Still, my garden has gone through a horrible summer due to insect damage. Maybe you could make a [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Protect your roses from insects

August 11, 2016

Dear Miss Floribunda, Thank you for introducing Dr. Huey last month. I’d never heard of this rose before, though I certainly knew the problem it causes. You mentioned hard winters and accidental injury being possible causes of Dr. Huey’s takeover. I have noticed something else that [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Advice on rose grafting

July 27, 2016

Dear Miss Floribunda, I am perplexed and annoyed. One of my rose bushes has changed the color of its flowers! When I planted it three years ago it produced beautiful urn­-shaped pink flowers and this year the blooms are dark red and very simple. The rose in question is Pink Peace. Do you know if [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Advice on dealing with an aphid infestation

June 18, 2016

Dear Miss Floribunda, I hope you can help me. My irises are crawling with aphids this year (so is my kale, but that’s another story). I’ve never seen aphids on my irises before. I have had them on some of my roses, and rose dust has helped. But the aphids seem to be damaging the flowers [read more]
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