Sudden decline in Hyattsville’s white oaks

November 27, 2019

By SOPHIE GORMAN ORIANI — At the Hyattsville City Council meeting on Nov. 18, Lesley Riddle, the director of Public Works, informed the council of a rapid decline in the health of many white oaks (Quercus alba) in the City of Hyattsville. “They’re dying with the leaves on, without abscission [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]

Nature Nearby: A little smelly start to spring

January 10, 2019

By FRED SEITZ — Walking along the Trolley Trail the last week in December, I noticed some familiar green shoots vigorously coming up.   Then on New Year’s Day, I spotted a reddish spathe (a large sheathing bract enclosing the flower cluster) along the boardwalk in Magruder Swamp.   The [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Creeped out on Crittenden Street

October 18, 2018

Dear Miss Floribunda, Maybe it’s because Halloween is near, but as I walk my dog in the alleyways, I am unsettled by the sight of a couple of older ladies pulling out various plants and putting them in bags. They seem pleasant enough but I can’t help wondering if they might be witches [read more]

Miss Floribunda: The primrose – an international treasure

March 28, 2018

Dear Miss Floribunda, I appreciate finding potted primroses at the Hyattsville Horticultural Society seed sale every year for a reasonable price, and always buy a few to beguile myself during the last grey days of winter. Primroses have special significance for me because much of my childhood was [read more]

PHOTOS: Winter in spring

March 22, 2018

By KRISSI HUMBARD — Hyattsville had an unexpected visitor on the second day of spring: a snow storm! A spring storm dumped about six inches of snow in the area March 21. Those who waited all winter for snow celebrated (sledding! snowmen!), while those who are ready for spring scowled (sorry, [read more]

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]

Nature Nearby: Nature’s winter forecaster?

November 15, 2017

BY FRED SEITZ — Walking down the street on a mild October afternoon, my wife and I encountered one of winter’s most famous and visible harbingers, a banded woolly bear caterpillar (aka woolly worm or fuzzy worm). Pyrrharctia isabella is the caterpillar, or larval form, of the Isabella tiger [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: 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]
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