Miss Floribunda

Miss Floribunda: Chrysanthemum care

November 11, 2011

Dear Miss Floribunda,  Each year my guests for Thanksgiving dinner give me beautiful potted chrysanthemums and each year I plant them in my garden. Very few survive, and those that do are pathetic scraggly things with few blooms. I look around town and see magnificent mounds of chrysanthemums [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Moving outdoor plants, but not their bugs, inside

October 10, 2011

Dear Miss Floribunda, I am thinking of bringing my house plants back inside after their summer vacation outside. In the past I didn’t worry about insect pests. I used plant food sticks containing a systemic insecticide and never had any trouble. Then I had a baby, now a toddler. I am very careful [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Keeping birds off your blueberries

September 10, 2011

Dear Miss Floribunda,  I like birds and would never put poisons on my plants, but I am feeling very, very frustrated after seeing my feathered friends devour everything edible on my blueberry bushes and my cherry tree this summer. I put netting on the bushes but those little pointy beaks seemed to [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Forsythia is your friend

August 10, 2011

Dear Miss Floribunda, In last month’s column you mentioned that coleus is easy to root in water.  I tried it and it worked. What else is so easy?  I am looking to expand my garden at no expense, so cuttings do seem the way to go. What else do you recommend?  I am wondering how hard would it be [read more]

Miss Floribunda: A week’s worth of farmers’ markets

May 10, 2011

Dear Miss Floribunda, My wife and I recently returned from the Riverdale Park Farmers’ Market with some asparagus, eggs and honey, which we shared with the young couple next door. They accused of us of being “locovores,” and when I indignantly asked what they meant by that, they laughed and [read more]

Miss Floribunda: What to grow for a garden full of butterflies

April 10, 2011

Dear Miss Floribunda, My store is located in a heavy-traffic area, with the pollution and nerve-wracking noise that always goes with it. In back is a bit of ground that faces east, as well as a fairly long strip to one side that faces north. Last year, my wife bought an assortment of annual seeds [read more]
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