Miss Floribunda

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]

Miss Floribunda: Talking invasive grasses

September 16, 2014

Dear Miss Floribunda, I read with great interest your answer to Maddened on Madison Street because I have been plagued with porcelainberry too. I now wonder why you didn’t mention invasive grasses. All kinds of lawn grasses try to get into my flower beds and I have to weed weekly. [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Frustrating vines strangle ornamentals

August 14, 2014

Dear Miss Floribunda, My family and I bought a nice old house in Hyattsville and are happy to have a ready-made garden with nice trees and shrubs that shouldn’t need more than occasional fertilizing and watering. There are azaleas in front, hydrangeas in back, and what seem to be dwarf crepe [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Cherry tree near end of life

July 9, 2014

Dear Miss Floribunda, We moved to Hyattsville for many good reasons, but we chose our home primarily for one reason —the magnificent cherry tree in the front yard. It was in full bloom when the realtor first brought us to see it, and the fluffy pink blooms were breathtaking. They are a deeper [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Ivy may be causing basement moisture

June 10, 2014

Dear Miss Floribunda, I’ve lived in the same house since childhood and the pin oak in the front yard was quite old when my family and I moved in.  It died a couple of years ago, and since then there has been dampness in the basement for the first time. I think it may have something to do [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Walnut tree sabotaging other plants

May 22, 2014

Dear Miss Floribunda, My husband and I have worked very hard to improve the soil in our yard for several years now, but we still have had no luck with vegetables or flowers  We thought maybe the roots of a walnut tree were taking nutrients away from them, so we tried raised beds. That didn’t [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Wait until the green growth comes

April 15, 2014

Dear Miss Floribunda, This past winter has been quite destructive to my garden. I am appalled by broken branches, lumpy lawn, daphnes that ought to have flowered by now but don’t even have leaves, frozen buds on my azaleas and rhododendrons, brown grass and nandina at curbside, and really [read more]

Miss Floribunda: In search of blue flowers for landscaping

March 15, 2014

Dear Miss Floribunda, When I bought my house in Hyattsville two years ago, the deciding factor in my choice was that the backyard had not been landscaped. The former owners had children and dogs and had kept it a play area. Although a lot of work faced me, the idea of having carte blanche was [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Balcony gardening in an apartment

February 15, 2014

Dear Miss Floribunda, I am an apartment dweller, but I looked in on the HHS seed sale February  8 because your January column promised there would be varieties of miniature plants appropriate for balcony gardeners.  I bought several packets of seeds from the patio collections, including red [read more]
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