This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
We were astonished to read in a Boston paper recently an article on the tuberose from the pen of one of Boston's leading horticulturists, that " the bulbs are imported from Italy and France, as our seasons are not long enough to ripen them." Perhaps the season of Boston is the "our season" referred to, but Boston is not the United States by any means, and because they do not ripen there, is no reason for sending to Italy or France for them. If not known to this gentleman it is pretty well known to others that American tuberoses are preferred in England to the best Italian. We hope Mr. Rand and his " two distinguished members of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society" will not think we are "as bitter as gall on everything in Boston," because we endeavor to correct a serious error on the part of one of its good citizens.