Miss Floribunda

Miss Floribunda: Rain, rain, go away?

November 19, 2019

Dear Miss Floribunda,  The drought seems to be over, and autumn is finally here, with trees in full color. I am hearing different opinions about whether dry weather or wet weather makes for more beautiful autumn foliage. Also, some are arguing about whether the drought has made autumn late this [read more]

Miss Floribunda: The Baltimore Checkerspot butterfly

September 16, 2019

Dear Miss Floribunda, I was really appalled by the insults from neighbors that “Eating Dirt” described in last month’s letter. While my very polite neighbors have been wonderful to me, a life-long resident of Arizona who moved to Hyattsville, I suspect they want me to make [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Garden guidelines

August 19, 2019

Dear Miss Floribunda, Although my neighbors say they approve of my native-plant garden because it provides a haven for pollinating insects, birds and other creatures, they have made some snarky little jokes that disturb me. For instance, one of them watched me work and asked, “Who else would [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Butterfly gardens

July 12, 2019

I’m at my wit’s end. I’ve got this dippy neighbor whose garden is just a mess of weeds, and it attracts all kinds of nasty things. Well, some are nice butterflies, but others look like bees and wasps and some big blue and green bugs with wings that I’m afraid could fly over [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Flowers for shade

June 14, 2019

Dear Miss Floribunda, I know where you live! Now that I have your attention, I want you to know this is not a threat. But I do know where you live because someone pointed your yard out to me, and I also know that you are gardening all wrong but getting away with it. Your yard is full of trees and [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Roses, permaculture, and weed control

May 17, 2019

Dear Miss Floribunda, Like “Lazy on Livingston Street” last month, I, too, hate to weed, especially in my rose bed. I don’t mind the sweat of gardening, or even a few tears, but weeding thorny roses involves an unacceptable amount of blood. I always come out looking as if [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Intro to permaculture

April 22, 2019

Dear Miss Floribunda,   What is permaculture? I caught a snatch on a cable TV channel about it, and apparently it eliminates weeding and replanting. I am certainly tired of weeding! Is this too good to be true?   Lazy on Livingston Street Dear Lazy, Permaculture (“permanent” [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Salt of the Earth

March 23, 2019

Dear Miss Floribunda, You wrote about various kinds of salts in a column last summer, some of which are good for plants and others not. We’ve had several snowfalls this year, and I’ve seen trucks putting what looks like salt on our roads and alleyways. What kind of salt is it? Is it [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Scared of Scarification

February 28, 2019

Dear Miss Floribunda, I enjoyed the [Hyattsville Horticultural Society] seed sale in February and took a chance buying seeds that haven’t worked for me in the past. Generally, after some discouraging attempts at planting from seed, I’ve bought herbs and vegetables in six-packs [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Pollination and pests

January 17, 2019

Dear Miss Floribunda, I have decided to plant a pollinator-friendly garden this year. However, I suspect that this is trickier than most of us think. For instance, I visited a honeybee sanctuary last summer and saw bees simply swarming around in a tall stand of catnip. That’s great, but [read more]
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