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.
The Journal of Horticulture gives the result of an election for roses. Twenty-four of the most distinguished rose growers of England gave in a list of 25, naming their first choice first, and the others in successive order. There were votes:
16 for Louis Von Houtte.
15 Countess of Oxford.
12 Marquis of Castellane.
11 Francois Nicholson.
10 Ferdinand de Lesseps.
8 Captain Christy.
6 Catharine Mermet.
6 Etienne Levet.
4 Paul Neron.
4 Mdle. Eugenie Verdier.
2 Ed. Morren.
And one for each of the following: Auguste NeumaiL Hippolyte Jamin. Depuy Jamain, Perie des Jardins, Duchess of Edinburg, Rev. J. B. Camm, Mary Turner, Baron Bonstettin, Miss Hazzard, Auguste Rigotard, Gen. Yon Moltke, Chestnut Hybrid, Mad. Lacharine, Mad. La Comtesse de Monssac, Mdle. Marie Finger, Princess Beatrice.
The first five we may therefore take as certainly the best roses grown in England.
The electors were Mr. Robson, Rev H. Dom-brain, Rev. F. H. Gale, Rev. E. N. Pochin, Rev. J. B. Camm, R. G. Baker, J. Hinton, Rev. Allen Cheales, J. Scott, Rev. E. Handler, R. W. Beachey, J. Burrell, H. Blandford, B. R. Cant, Ewing & Co., George Cooling, Charles Turner, Mr. Bennett, H. Curtis. Mr. Cranston, George Prince, S. Wheeler, Richard Smith; all rose celebrities.
Acer striatum, or, as it is more correctly called, A. Pennsylvanicum, though more common farther northward than in that State, is an interesting tree in winter by its peculiar striped white and green bark. Its twigs are of a bright red, and in this way the tree possesses an additional attraction. It is rather a fast grower. We have seen trees the past year make a growth of four feet. The large tri-lobed leaves give it a distinguished appearance in the summer season.
Acer spicatum, or A. Montanum of some, the mountain maple, somewhat resembles this species, but is but a bush, besides having other botanical characters to distinguish it.