gardening

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]

Miss Floribunda: Cold snap recovery

April 25, 2017

Dear Miss Floribunda,   The cold snap in March that followed the unusually warm February totally messed up my garden. The huge pink flowers on my tulip magnolia now look like exploded brown footballs. My crocuses croaked. My willow tree snapped off six feet from the base. The forsythia looks [read more]

Miss Floribunda: What does non-GMO mean?

January 25, 2017

Dear Miss Floribunda,   Every January you tout a February seed sale and you always say that the seeds will be non-GMO. What does non-GMO mean? It’s fun to speculate: non-Gardening for Men Only; non-Generally Mediocre Options; non-Grossly Messy Offal — the possibilities are endless. If [read more]

Miss Floribunda: What is a Christmas rose?

December 20, 2016

Dear Miss Floribunda, What is a Christmas rose? I once heard a story about a little girl who, like the Little Drummer Boy, was too poor to give a gift to Baby Jesus. She didn’t have the Little Drummer Boy’s chutzpah or alleged talent, but instead stayed outside the stable and cried. An [read more]

Meet Hyattsville’s green thumbs

October 2, 2015

BY SCARLET SALEM — Many spend their long summer days idly soaking up the sunlight, but some of Hyattsville’s outdoor enthusiasts put that sunlight to other uses — honing their horticultural skills. These plant enthusiasts help keep Hyattsville green, quite literally. It’s time to meet some [read more]

Miss Floribunda: What to do about these toads?

June 17, 2015

Dear Miss Floribunda, I am new to gardening and new to Hyattsville. I was doing a little weeding the other day when I discovered that what I thought was a brown leaf was actually a toad! I shrieked and it flopped away immediately. Neighbors who heard my cry came over to see what was the matter. [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]

PHOTOS: Hyattsville Horticultural Society seed sale

February 8, 2015

BY CAROLINE SELLE — The Sixth Annual Hyattsville Horticultural Society Seed Sale took place on Feb. 7 at the Hyattsville Municipal Building.  Organizers said there was a great selection of seeds from Hart and Landreth Heirloom seed companies.  Several educational displays were to be set up on [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]

From seed to feed

August 14, 2014

With Eco City, local students learn about food systems Planting, weeding, harvesting, cooking: For the 20 high-schoolers participating in ECO City Farms’ Seed to Feed Summer Youth Program, it’s all in a day’s work. The program exposes students to every aspect of the food system, from planting [read more]
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