Miss Floribunda

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]

Miss Floribunda: More advice for handling deer

May 15, 2016

Dear Miss Floribunda, I live right next to Magruder Park, so I can relate to how last month’s letter writer feels about trespassing deer. Your suggestions for ground covers that repel deer give me hope. Can you recommend deer-resistant plants for other areas of the garden? I’m [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Keeping displaced deer from eating your plants

April 10, 2016

Dear Miss Floribunda, Displacement of animal life due to nearby construction on Baltimore Ave. has caused my yard to become “home on the range,” where deer,if not antelope, have invaded. Christmas morning I noticed curved hollows on an area sloping to the street. At first I thought an [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Extending the spring daffodil show

March 13, 2016

Dear Miss Floribunda, My daffodils are pushing up some green shoots and I am so excited. I can hardly wait for them to bloom in April. They were in bloom when I first saw my house here and they just knocked my socks off. Even though the house was a fixer-upper I had to have it for the daffodils. [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Some plants can be put in a a cold frame

February 13, 2016

Dear Miss Floribunda, I bought quite a few packages of seeds at the Hyattsville Horticultural Society garden fair this month and would like to get them planted. However, I don’t want to go through the mess of starting them indoors. I don’t even like potted plants indoors and am of the [read more]

Miss Floribunda: The problem may be with the soil

January 22, 2016

Dear Miss Floribunda, For several years now I have purchased seeds during the Hyattsville Horticultural Society seed sale in early February and usually I have been satisfied. However, last year the tomato plants I started didn’t perform well.  They developed fine indoors and seemed to thrive [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Christmas Cactus concerns

December 8, 2015

Dear Miss Floribunda, Every December I buy a  beautiful Christmas cactus and by the next December it is history. I thought cacti thrived on neglect but no matter what I do, I can’t keep this kind alive. Last month you passed on some gardening advice that you got from your sister-in-law from [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Squirrelly thieves invading garden

November 9, 2015

Dear Miss Floribunda, Hope springs eternal, even in fall.  I have gone ahead and bought crocus, grape hyacinth and Dutch iris bulbs even though I doubt I’ll ever see them bloom, at least not in my own yard or where I planted them. You wrote that the squirrels go in for reforestation but the [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Drowning in weeds

October 25, 2015

Dear Miss Floribunda, Help! My garden has been taken over by monster weeds.  A neighbor told me that I worried too much about weeds that would just die with the first frost and not enough about others that once rooted would be a problem for ever. She didn’t know the names of any of them. I [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Keeping cats out of flower beds

October 2, 2015

Dear Miss Floribunda, What is the best way to keep cats out of my garden? There are feral cats around, and I also see domestic cats that  are allowed out or have slipped out of their houses marauding in my yard. I don’t like to see them flopping, digging, and squatting in my flower beds, and [read more]
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