Miss Floribunda

Miss Floribunda: Tomato grafting 101

February 22, 2018

Dear Miss Floribunda, My basement is full of maybe a gazillion tomato seedlings, doing well under fluorescent light. I guess I lost my head at your seed sale and overbought. I couldn’t wait to get them planted, and they sprouted almost immediately. Now I realize that I’d need an acre of [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Preview of Feb. 3 Annual Seed Sale

January 21, 2018

Dear Miss Floribunda, My family and I moved to Hyattsville from Colorado nearly four years ago. Gardening is very different here. In some ways it’s better, and in some other ways we are learning to adapt. We are overjoyed to be able to grow tomatoes now. In the high altitude where we used to [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Thrilled by Amaryllis

December 21, 2017

Dear Miss Floribunda, When I was in Arizona last spring to visit a friend who retired there, I was simply blown away by a dazzling display of amaryllis blooming in her garden. She told me she gets gifts of them every Christmas, and then, when they finish blooming indoors, she plants them outside. [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Winter lawn care advice from the experts

November 15, 2017

Dear Miss Floribunda, Now that the weather is cool and the leaves are falling, I feel pumped about cleaning up my yard before winter. I have been hearing different things, though, about whether it’s a good idea. A neighbor of mine says to leave the leaves and everything else alone, and wait [read more]

Miss Floribunda: When nice plants get a bad reputation

October 24, 2017

Dear Miss Floribunda, My witch hazel is blooming, and I love the smell of its yellow flowers, which look like curls to me. While I admit the little tree does look kind of scraggly, like an old hag, or maybe even an old scag with bed head, I don’t know why it’s called a [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Frustrating fungus

September 20, 2017

Dear Miss Floribunda, About a year ago, I noticed fungus-like growth on my azalea bushes (see attached picture). It’s slowly been getting worse, and some of the branches have died. What’s going on here, and what should I do about it? I’ve had these shrubs for a long time and [read more]

Miss Floribunda: The kid who likes bees

August 14, 2017

Dear Miss Floribunda, I am seven years old. My daddy is helping me with this because I can’t spell many words and he says I ask too many questions he can’t answer. I like bees. I like to watch them and they don’t sting me but my friend got stung. Why would they be nice to me and [read more]

Miss Floribunda: What to do with all that webbing

July 18, 2017

Dear Miss Floribunda, A couple of months ago, my holly was covered with spider webs (see picture) and some of the leaves had yellow spots on them and fell off. This has happened in the past, and I used insecticidal soap on them, but I’ve come to understand how bad poisons are, so this year I [read more]

Miss Floribunda: RRD, the backyard rose killer

June 20, 2017

Dear Miss Floribunda, They’re ba-ack! Last week I found severe signs of rose rosette disease on my Carefree Beauty rosebush, with contorted leaves and reddish sprouts shooting out of other sprouts. I remembered seeing it on a friend’s rosebush in Hyattsville a few years ago, and she [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Gathering Granny’s nightcap

May 10, 2017

Dear Miss Floribunda, I just came home from a “green” wedding. It wasn’t just that the bridesmaids wore green: the vegan cake was made from organic carrots and nuts; everything in all the other dishes were probably free-range; the decor, dishes, table cloths and cutlery had been [read more]
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