Miss Floribunda

Miss Floribunda: Easy flowers for sun & heat

July 18, 2015

Dear Miss Floribunda, Not many of my annual seedlings survived our unusually hot, dry May, and the spring perennials have died back or look shabby. I am not doing much about weeds because they at least cover the ground and because I can’t stand spending time outside in what feels like a [read more]

Miss Floribunda: What to do about these toads?

June 17, 2015

Dear Miss Floribunda, I am new to gardening and new to Hyattsville. I was doing a little weeding the other day when I discovered that what I thought was a brown leaf was actually a toad! I shrieked and it flopped away immediately. Neighbors who heard my cry came over to see what was the matter. [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Clay troubles

May 19, 2015

Dear Miss Floribunda, I’ve lived and gardened in Hyattsville nearly three years now, and I feel like such a loser. My yard wasn’t landscaped by the previous owners and I think it is because nothing but wire grass survives more than a month or so. I blame the clay soil in this area. [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Waiting for forsythia to bloom

April 10, 2015

Dear Miss Floribunda, It’s April 1st and my February Gold daffodils are finally blooming. I haven’t dared do my March pruning because, as you suggest, I’m waiting until my forsythia is in bloom. Now I hear that the cherry blossoms, which peaked in late March of 2013, won’t peak [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Success with peonies

March 18, 2015

Dear Miss Floribunda, Supermarkets, nurseries and hardware stores are tempting me with all kinds of summer bulbs and even peonies. I’ve bought these flowers in the past but few have lived after I’ve planted them at the time recommended on the packages. A certain number of the gladiolas [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Starting seeds indoors

February 15, 2015

Dear Miss Floribunda, After buying seeds at the Hyattsville Horticultural Society seed sale I went out and got peat pots and potting soil to start them in. It was only then that I really read the backs of the seed packages. They tell you when to plant the seeds outdoors but they don’t tell [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Horticulture society seed sale preview

January 26, 2015

Dear Miss Floribunda, I love to cook and am pretty good at it. To me the secret is good ingredients, and I spend a lot on organic produce. My gardening friends urge me to start a culinary garden in my backyard this summer, but I am brown-thumbed. I am told that I ought to start with herbs because [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Looking for berries and birds in winter

December 20, 2014

Dear Miss Floribunda, Because you said they harbor lyme ticks, I got rid of my bush honeysuckles, which had gorgeous red berries in December. I also yanked out the invasive porcelain berry you mentioned, too. Now I find that birds don’t visit my yard much. I’ve tried the obvious [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Dreaming of chrysanthemums in winter

November 18, 2014

Dear Miss Floribunda, It is autumn and the nurseries, supermarkets, and roadside stands are taunting me with flowering chrysanthemum plants in absolutely thrilling colors. I don’t buy them any longer because they never make it through the winter. You once wrote that chrysanthemums should be [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Identifying pretty, invasive plants

October 9, 2014

Dear Miss Floribunda, Of late you have been raising my consciousness about the dangers of certain invasive volunteer plants and I wonder if I am wrong to tolerate a number of weeds because I think they are pretty.  I recognize the golden rod, the purple thistles that bring beautiful gold finches [read more]
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