Miss Floribunda

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]

Miss Floribunda: Dahlias turn heads in Derwood

August 17, 2015

Hey, Miss Floribunda, I’m not the kind of dude who has ever been into gardening. I mow the lawn and clip the hedges on my property to keep from being fined. That’s been it until now. Since your hat always gets my attention when I look at the HL&T, I know about you and that you write [read more]

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]
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