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 Editorial Notes of the Gardener's Monthly are always interesting, because the Editor is also a connoisseur. His admiration of the colors in Mr. Waterer's tent was very natural and just, for they were worthy of it. I would like to supplement them by giving our experience of the varieties he names. Of the twenty-four he names, there are "just four, no'more," which will endure our summer and winter. The remaining twenty, however beautiful in tent or in greenhouse, are utterly worthless when planted in the open ground. All who try them will have a poor opinion of Rhododendrons.
I once saw on the mountain sides back of the town of La Guayra some five acres of Scarlet Cactus in full bloom. The colors were magnificent, but I did not incline to transfer them to Flushing soil, nor would I incline to transfer the contents of Mr. Waterer's tent to the same locality. There are Rhododendrons, however, which are perfectly hardy in American climate, and doubtless Mr. Waterer has them. These high colors are, however, not found among them, but belong to sorts which are adapted only to greenhouse culture.