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Dear Garden Problem Lady

 Now that April’s here my Knockout Rose is sprouting. This rose was far too big for its space last year, but I forgot to...

Dear Garden Problem Lady,

My camellia buds froze and dropped in early February. By Feb. 11 my daffodils started to bloom. Such wild swings – freezing – rain...

Dear Garden Problem Lady,

Does cold winter weather stimulate dormant spring bulbs to grow roots? No, autumn weather does that. We plant spring bulbs in the fall because the...

Dear Problem Lady

I hear gardeners refer to something called “Winter Interest.” My garden looks like a wasteland. To what are they referring? Ah, winter can do such...

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...