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.
Your comments, friend Meehan, in the December number of the Gardener's Monthly, are just to the point, in so far as my own experience, in practice and observation, proves. It has been my study at all times to use new and untested varieties touching hardihood, to place them where they could be protected from the winter's sun, and at the same time relieved measurably from the severe cold winds of winter. I have found among those Mr. Hoopes classes as tender, that the Abies Smithiana and A. Douglasii only needed the protection from winter's sun; so also Cupressus Lawsoniana. I have in mind a tree of this latter planted on the north side of a building, but in a bleak exposure, on the border of Lake Erie, which has for six years borne the winter without a blemish. Similar exposures with the Chinese Arbor Vitses have proved only a suffering of one or two inches of the ends of twigs or branches, an item easily corrected by shearing in the spring. The Oblong Weeping Juniper, J. oblonga pendula, I have had for years in full exposure, except of the sun in winter, and it has only had to have here and there a twig cut back.
The Pinus excelsa, while not generally successful, yet with a little protection from other evergreens, stands well. I have, as I write now, in mind a tree at Newburgh, N. Y. It is a beautiful tree, as all acknowledge who see it; ten to twenty feet high.
[It is a pleasure to have the endorsement of Mr. Elliott on this matter of shelter. The writer has had a chance recently of examining the forests of Mississippi, and is more than ever convinced that all we need for many things is protection from winds. In Mississippi, in some parts where the thermometer falls to ten above zero, the writer found the Palmetto, Sabal Palmetto, flourishing! But with the cane and other thick masses of vegetation as wind breaks, it laughed at the thermometer. Fancy a Palmetto stuck out on a bleak Illinois prairie! It would die before the freezing point was reached, to say nothing of 22 degrees below. - Ed.]