Miss Floribunda

Miss Floribunda: Floral gifts for winter days

December 18, 2018

Dear Guilt-ridden Grinch, There’s something to be said for accepting loss philosophically. Let the fresh floral offerings give joy for as long as they are in bloom. Certainly no one expects a bottle of perfume — or even a “semi-edible” sausage or cheese — to last forever. If [read more]

Miss Floribunda: The great pumpkin vine decline

November 20, 2018

Dear Miss Floribunda, Every year I grow pumpkins that I use for jack-o’-lanterns at Halloween and then for pies, breads and casseroles for Thanksgiving celebrations. Over the years, I’ve encountered a number of problems that I’ve been able to successfully research for myself. I [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Creeped out on Crittenden Street

October 18, 2018

Dear Miss Floribunda, Maybe it’s because Halloween is near, but as I walk my dog in the alleyways, I am unsettled by the sight of a couple of older ladies pulling out various plants and putting them in bags. They seem pleasant enough but I can’t help wondering if they might be witches [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Cautious composting

September 24, 2018

Dear Miss Floribunda, Last month you advised “Uber-Organic” that home compost is usually well-balanced for the vegetable garden. It would be a lot less expensive than purchased compost or plant food and would be a great way to get smelly kitchen garbage out of the house. I’d like [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Tomato trouble

August 15, 2018

Dear Miss Floribunda, Last spring I found a full compost bin in the backyard of the house we bought in Hyattsville, so my husband and I started our first vegetable patch. Beans, squash and corn are doing well, but the tomatoes not so good. The plants themselves are large, but we didn’t see [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Tender Magnolias

July 16, 2018

Dear Miss Floribunda, I love magnolias. I chose my house for the big white-flowered one in the backyard as well as two small pink-flowered ones in front. Spring before last the flowers on the pink ones suddenly turned brown and dropped off much too soon. This year they seemed OK, but the [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Gehenna Gardens

June 17, 2018

Dear Miss Floribunda, Last fall I moved into my home in Hyattsville. There wasn’t much happening in the garden then, but this spring it was simply gorgeous with flowering azaleas, and lots and lots of daffodils. Now it looks like … Gehenna … Hades … you name the nether [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Free (trees) for all?

May 15, 2018

Dear Miss Floribunda, Unlike “Not a Tree Hugger” in last month’s column, I like trees and appreciate the ones in my front yard, but my backyard is completely unshaded. There must have been some trees there at one time, because I have noticed a couple of decaying stumps. As it is, [read more]

Miss Floribunda: What to do with all those trees

April 17, 2018

Dear Miss Floribunda, I’ve heard a lot about urban forests, and I seem to have one in my backyard. I didn’t mind so much till I retired and thought it might be nice to remove them and start growing tomatoes in the resulting sunshine. A neighbor tells me that I can’t have the trees [read more]

Miss Floribunda: The primrose – an international treasure

March 28, 2018

Dear Miss Floribunda, I appreciate finding potted primroses at the Hyattsville Horticultural Society seed sale every year for a reasonable price, and always buy a few to beguile myself during the last grey days of winter. Primroses have special significance for me because much of my childhood was [read more]
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