flowers

Miss Floribunda: Thrilled by Amaryllis

December 21, 2017

Dear Miss Floribunda, When I was in Arizona last spring to visit a friend who retired there, I was simply blown away by a dazzling display of amaryllis blooming in her garden. She told me she gets gifts of them every Christmas, and then, when they finish blooming indoors, she plants them outside. [read more]

Miss Floribunda: The kid who likes bees

August 14, 2017

Dear Miss Floribunda, I am seven years old. My daddy is helping me with this because I can’t spell many words and he says I ask too many questions he can’t answer. I like bees. I like to watch them and they don’t sting me but my friend got stung. Why would they be nice to me and [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]

Native Plant Sale becoming mainstay for area gardeners

May 26, 2015

BY SCARLETT SALEM — Just in time for spring gardening, the Hyattsville Elementary School Parent Teacher Association (PTA) held their 6th Annual Native Plant Sale on Saturday, May 16 at Hyattsville Elementary School on 43rd Avenue. What may seem like a novel fundraising idea has proven widly [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]

Miss Floribunda: Success with peonies

March 18, 2015

Dear Miss Floribunda, Supermarkets, nurseries and hardware stores are tempting me with all kinds of summer bulbs and even peonies. I’ve bought these flowers in the past but few have lived after I’ve planted them at the time recommended on the packages. A certain number of the gladiolas [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Dreaming of chrysanthemums in winter

November 18, 2014

Dear Miss Floribunda, It is autumn and the nurseries, supermarkets, and roadside stands are taunting me with flowering chrysanthemum plants in absolutely thrilling colors. I don’t buy them any longer because they never make it through the winter. You once wrote that chrysanthemums should be [read more]
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