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.
J. I., Newton, Mass.- The little leaf No. 1 appears to be a variegated leaf of Eranthemum pulchellum. No. 2, variegated Vinca major.
[These are made in Baltimore, we believe, but are unable to give more precise directions. - Ed. G. M.]
J. B., Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio: "Could you give me some information, please, how to make blooming Combretum grandiflorum. We have one plant of it; been about 15 years on the place; never did anything but grow."
[This plant and its allies often take these contrary humors, but when they do bloom usually make up for it. The best advice that we can give is to keep it under potted, and let it have all the light and sun it can get. - Ed. G. M.]
(Rhus toxicodendron).- J. H. C, writes: "Be it known after all that has been written on the remedy for this poison, that hot water is a speedy and certain cure. Let it be applied as hot as can be endured without blistering- probation est."
A. F. S., Moline, Ills. "The above is the name of the specimen sent. It is a beautiful, hardy shrub, and it is a wonder it is so seldom cultivated. Though naturally found in swampy places, it is much improved by culture in ordinary garden ground. In some parts it goes by the common name of swamp button ball.
E. says: "This, many years since, was discussed and decided to be Q. alba. At one time I resided in Hartford, Conn., and visited the tree many times in company with others."
W. H. P., Chicago, 111., writes: "It was very gratifying to me as well as to many others, to find that Mr. Meehan was pleased with some things at Ellis Park. We value the place very much, not merely for the positive enjoyment we have while there,but because it shows how much may be done in the gardening way to make a city delightful, even though space and means are limited. The space is but three acres and the total appropriation for all purposes is only $2,500."
S. G.- It is not easy to name fragments of ferns, especially without fruit. 1, appears to be some Doodia. 2, Adiantum perhaps and concinnum. 3, Cassaberia bastata in fruit. 4, Pteris longifolia. 5, Probably a fragment of Aspidium spinulosum. 6, Nephrolepis bul-bosa. 8, Cassaberia hastata, piece of a barren frond. 9, piece of some Davallia.
The following card explains itself.
Near Louisville, Ky., February 11,1876.
I have for several years past been in regular receipt of trade lists and wholesale catalogues from numerous nurserymen in the United States and in Europe. Upon inquiry I find some directory has my name down as a nurseryman. It is quite a mistake as I am only an amateur and have never been engaged in the business, either as florist or nurseryman. How shall I have the error corrected, for while I could find many persons who would be glad to get and read a good descriptive retail catalogue and thereby be induced to buv, I know of no one in this vicinity who cares to have a trade-list and wholesale catalogue, while they are perfectly useless to me. Will you mention this matter for me in the Gardener's Monthly, and oblige,
Yours most Respectfully, Thos. S. Kennedy.