Miss Floribunda

Miss Floribunda: Holiday decorating outside the box

December 12, 2013

Dear Miss Floribunda, Although I have an artificial Christmas tree, I like to make live evergreen wreaths, swags, and arrangements  for natural color and fragrance. I have holly in my garden, but I find it too prickly and difficult to work with. I enjoyed using branches from a pine tree in my yard [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Alternatives to smelly chrysanthemums

October 15, 2013

Dear Miss Floribunda, Last year at about this time you provided flower alternatives to “Odor Averse,”  who disliked the smell of chrysanthemums. I also find their smell rather acrid, so I planted the dahlias and asters you suggested, and I certainly do like them.  But they lack much fragrance [read more]

Miss Floribunda: A guide to freezing and canning

August 10, 2013

Dear Miss Floribunda, I don’t need help gardening at the moment because I am up to my ears in  tomatoes, beans, peppers, squash, greens and corn. I have mini-cherry trees full of fruit. I have so much that I don’t even mind sharing with the squirrels, birds and raccoons. I can’t [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Keeping roses pest-free and poison-free

July 8, 2013

Dear Miss Floribunda, I read in your May column that you are “a self-confessed rosemaniac” with presumably over 100 rose bushes in your garden. Well, much as you have touted poison-free gardening, I can’t believe you can have a thriving rose garden without using toxins. Please explain. Gotcha [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Bats can help your garden

June 8, 2013

Dear Miss Floribunda, I too have an eccentric family. A cousin of mine, no longer content with giving me gazing balls, ceramic gnomes, and bird and butterfly houses for my garden, has now actually given me a bat house. I asked “Cousin Batsy”  why on earth I would want to draw bloodsuckers [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Roses added to native plant sale offerings

May 20, 2013

Dear Miss Floribunda, I hear that the Hyattsville Elementary School PTA will probably have another native plant sale this month, though I don’t have the details. I like what I got at past sales, but don’t need more of the same. Is the sale returning this year, and if so, is anything new [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Your azalea can be saved

April 20, 2013

Dear Miss Floribunda, I have quite a nice collection of azalea bushes that make a beautiful display later in April, but this year I’m noticing something alarming that makes me fear it won’t happen:  The leaves have become pale with yellow splotches. Buds have formed, but I am not [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Honeysuckle and ivy have risks

March 20, 2013

Dear Miss Floribunda, A new neighbor of mine is tearing ivy and creeping periwinkle out of her yard and advises me to do the same with my  honeysuckle.  She says now is the best time of year to get rid of what she terms “invasive” plants. Actually I think her ground cover is pretty, and I [read more]
1 6 7 8 9 10 11
Optimized with PageSpeed Ninja