Miss Floribunda

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]

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]
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