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Dear Problem Lady

What’s in the powder that florists supply to make cut flowers last longer? Sugar, acid, and bleach. Sugar gives nutrients to the flowers, acid maintains...

Dear Problem Lady

I want to plant spring-blooming bulbs this fall so that there is something blooming from beginning to end of spring. What sequence would you...

Dear Garden Lady

Are begonias perennials or annuals? In the tropics they are perennials. Here they cannot survive our winters, unless brought indoors. My daughter says I should buy...

Dear Problem Lady

This year our wonderful tomato plants have not produced as usual. The plants themselves are spindly, and the tomatoes sparse. Can you pinpoint a...

Dear Problem Lady

Please name some flowers that will stay blooming all fall. Rudbekia, Aster, Zinnia, Chrysanthemum, Cleome, Petunia, Turtlehead, Salvia, Sedum Autumn Joy, Sweet Autumn Clematis, Goldenrod. Is...

Dear Problem Lady

It rained hard yesterday. Half our peonies, some still in bud, have fallen over. I forgot to stake them properly. What can I do...

Dear Problem Lady

Can you please identify a flower I never noticed before – blooming in a great swath along the border above the back steps at...

Marie Hertzberg 1915 – 2018

One of Capitol Hill's preeminent rosarians, Marie Hertzberg, died peacefully at the Washington Home Hospice on Monday, April 2, 2018. A longtime member of...

Dear Problem Garden Lady

We always spend winters away. My husband insists, now that April’s here and we’re back home, that we have missed the correct time to...

Dear Garden Problem Lady

When will the cherry trees by the Tidal Basin be best this year, do you think? The National Park Service says there is a wide...