urban gardening

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]

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: 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]

Miss Floribunda: Floral gifts for winter days

December 18, 2018

Dear Guilt-ridden Grinch, There’s something to be said for accepting loss philosophically. Let the fresh floral offerings give joy for as long as they are in bloom. Certainly no one expects a bottle of perfume — or even a “semi-edible” sausage or cheese — to last forever. If [read more]

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: 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]
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