Miss Floribunda

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]

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]
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