Hyattsville Horticultural Society

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: 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]

PHOTOS: Annual Seed and Garden Fair brings thoughts of spring

February 12, 2019

Thoughts of spring were in the air at the Hyattsville Horticultural Society (HHS)’s Annual Seed and Garden Fair — now in its 10th year — on Feb. 2. Organizers had a wide selection of seeds from the Charles Hart Seed Company and Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, which were chosen by [read more]

Miss Floribunda: The great pumpkin vine decline

November 20, 2018

Dear Miss Floribunda, Every year I grow pumpkins that I use for jack-o’-lanterns at Halloween and then for pies, breads and casseroles for Thanksgiving celebrations. Over the years, I’ve encountered a number of problems that I’ve been able to successfully research for myself. I [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Cautious composting

September 24, 2018

Dear Miss Floribunda, Last month you advised “Uber-Organic” that home compost is usually well-balanced for the vegetable garden. It would be a lot less expensive than purchased compost or plant food and would be a great way to get smelly kitchen garbage out of the house. I’d like [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Gehenna Gardens

June 17, 2018

Dear Miss Floribunda, Last fall I moved into my home in Hyattsville. There wasn’t much happening in the garden then, but this spring it was simply gorgeous with flowering azaleas, and lots and lots of daffodils. Now it looks like … Gehenna … Hades … you name the nether [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Free (trees) for all?

May 15, 2018

Dear Miss Floribunda, Unlike “Not a Tree Hugger” in last month’s column, I like trees and appreciate the ones in my front yard, but my backyard is completely unshaded. There must have been some trees there at one time, because I have noticed a couple of decaying stumps. As it is, [read more]

Miss Floribunda: What to do with all those trees

April 17, 2018

Dear Miss Floribunda, I’ve heard a lot about urban forests, and I seem to have one in my backyard. I didn’t mind so much till I retired and thought it might be nice to remove them and start growing tomatoes in the resulting sunshine. A neighbor tells me that I can’t have the trees [read more]
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