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Miss Floribunda: Tips for starting new seeds

February 18, 2013

Dear Miss Floribunda, I attended the Hyattsville Horticultural Society seed sale February 9 and got quite a few packets of things I’d like to start as soon as possible. But I’ve tried to start plants indoors before without much success. As often as not, I don’t get them [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Heirloom or hybrid? Find both at seed sale

January 15, 2013

Dear Miss Floribunda,    I am thinking about getting a head start on my garden by planting indoors and know that soon seeds will be appearing in supermarkets and grocery stores. I am curious about what I’ve heard termed “heirloom” seeds. What does this mean other than they [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Forbidden fertilizing

December 10, 2012

Dear Miss Floribunda, I’m from the Midwest and so read with surprise your advice to do in autumn what is usually done in spring where I come from. What about pruning and fertilization? How do gardeners prepare for winter here, if they do?  Not in Kansas Anymore on Kennedy Street Dear Not in [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Fall flowers without the fragrance

November 10, 2012

Dear Miss Floribunda, It’s fall and chrysanthemums seem to be the only flowers seen in gardens, other than lingering annuals. They look pretty but I hate their odor so don’t want to bring them into my house. Are there any scentless fall-blooming flowers that will look nice and perky at this [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Lawn care and repair

October 10, 2012

Dear Miss Floribunda, I read with interest your advice to plant trees and shrubs in the fall. What about lawn repair? I have a lot of bare spots, some of which I covered with wood chips left over after I had a tree taken down. I don’t like all the insects crawling around the mulch and I think the [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Test soil now for fall planting

September 10, 2012

Dear Miss Floribunda, I’m yet another gardening newbie come to Hyattsville. One of the housewarming presents given to me when I moved in this June was a crepe myrtle in a pot. What with settling in and one thing or another, I haven’t gotten around to planting the poor little tree. [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Outfoxing the squirrels who want your tomatoes

August 10, 2012

Dear Miss Floribunda, This hot weather seems to agree with tomatoes because I have a bumper crop this year. However, the beneficiaries of the crop are the hordes of squirrels that get to them before I do! The best I can do is pick them when they first start to ripen and put them in the windows, but [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Herbs safe choice for summer gardening

July 10, 2012

Dear Miss Floribunda, I am new to this area and to gardening.  Coming from New England, I was advised to expect a long, hot summer.  When I started a garden this spring, I wasted money buying plants from local nurseries assuming that whatever is sold in this area will do well in this area.  [read more]

Miss Floribunda: The war against roses

June 9, 2012

Dear Readers, This month we present a repeat of a past column because the topic is so timely. In June 2010 I was shown a rose bush with “witch’s broom” sprouts. This is a sign of a deadly wind-borne virus that can wipe out every rose bush in the region. Now another instance has popped up in [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Betting on hedges

May 10, 2012

Dear Miss Floribunda, What would be an easy thing to plant for a hedge tall enough to screen out my next-door neighbors’ back yard? I like the neighbors, but they seem to think that plastic lawn furniture and statuary from tacky roadside souvenir stands is the ultimate in elegance. I have [read more]
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