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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]

Nature Nearby: Pump down the volume

July 15, 2017

BY FRED SEITZ — The fireworks of the Fourth of July and summer parties are upon us, bringing their booming — and sometimes downright startling — noise. Such loud noise is enjoyable for some humans, but not for many of our nearby nature’s neighbors. Pet owners are very familiar with how [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]

From the Editor: Just a few reasons to celebrate this month

June 20, 2017

BY MARIA D. JAMES — Can I brag — just for a little? If I can say so myself, the Hyattsville Life & Times (HL&T) has a couple of great reasons to celebrate this month. June started off with an email announcing that we are the recipients of an award from the 2017 National Newspaper [read more]

Nature Nearby: Batting a thousand

May 10, 2017

BY FRED SEITZ – Spring brings not only flowers, allergens and baseball bats, but also some small night fliers with unfortunate, unwarranted reputations as rabies carriers and bloodsuckers — our local bats. Although a small proportion of bats do, in fact, carry rabies, any warmblooded [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]

Then & Now: A walk through old Hyattsville

May 10, 2017

BY ROSE FLETCHER – What makes neighborhoods like Hyattsville so charming and so unique in this day and age of monopoly-house developments? Is it just that the houses in Hyattsville were built a long time ago and that they built things differently (read better) in the past? While that may be [read more]
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