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.
An Ohio correspondent calls our attention to the beauty of this native shrub. It is more beautiful than Euonymus atropurpureus and E. Europaeus and varieties, the two in cultivation, and should be grown. It would probably graft on the other strong kinds, and make pretty heads in this way.
This long name means a golden-leaved Weigela amabilis. It is figured in L'Horticulture Beige, and ought to be worth introducing here.
New seedling grapes come in once in a while from the West, only to excite astonishment East that any one appreciates them. When examining these, we think people have scarcely an idea how the grape has been improved. Some of these would have been popular fifty years ago. but are hardly endurable now.
The Gardener's Chronicle says that the identity of the Tomato fungus with that of the Potato fungus - the Perenospora infestans - is now undoubted.
There is a rule in some part of England that the earliest beans should be sown on Valentine's day - 14th of February. Can our "Early Valentine" bean have any relation to this custom?
The ancient Bay tree - Bay of the old writers - is Laurus nobilis. Many things have now the common name of Bay tree. The Gardener's Chronicle says Laurus (from which our common word Laurel is derived) means simply " berry " tree, and from this the word Bay tree is also derived.
H. L. says: - " Should be glad to know through the Gardener's Monthly or ' otherwise, what the value of decayed tobacco is as a fertilizer."
[It is not probable there is any more value in tobacco, as manure, than in any other vegetable substance. As decayed vegetable matter it would have a value, no more. - Ed. G. M.]
S. This is simply a dwarf form of L. erinus, the common blue Lobelia, and has no "native country." It is a garden variety only. It was, we believe, raised in England, but introduced into this country first by Mr. Henry Chitty, of the Bellevue nursery. It is a very desirable thing.
An Ohio correspondent speaks in high terms of the value of Mr-Munroe's article on the Cape Heath, published in our last volume. These plants are among the most beautiful in the world. They are supposed to be more difficult to raise in our climate than they are in England, - and we believe they are, and hence there is the more credit due to the skill of those who, like Mr. Munroe, produce such good results.
Mr. T. Ottway, Middle-bury, Ohio, says: - "I saw it stated in last Monthly, that it was necessary to pot Coleus Chameleon in poor soil, to make it hold its colors. It makes no difference with me, rich or poor. At first I had some little trouble in getting good sporting stock. This year I have a beautiful lot, the most brilliant colors, and old plants breaking back very fine."