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.
Texas is wise in prosecuting her geological survey. It furnishes just-the kind of knowledge people want who are disposed to emigrate, - and Texas, beyond many States, has room for thousands. This is the second annual report of the State Geologist, Prof. S. B. Buckley, and besides the usual scientific matter, has much in relation to the agricultural and horticultural features and capabilities of the State. Prof. Buckley describes a "cactus-looking " shrub as Forsythia splendens, which we do not recognize. The old Forsythia of American authors, Decumaria sarmentosa, has not "trumpet-shaped" flowers like this, nor is there any accordance with the genus Forsythia of Japan, of which the common Golden Bell of our gardens is a well-known representative. Mr. B. describes it as a good fence plant, known as "Ocotea',' to the Mexicans. Perhaps it is a misprint for Foquiera?
Transactions of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society for 1876. Through the kindness of Mr. Robert Manning, we have part first of this always interesting serial. It is made up of the essays and discussions of the monthly meetings. Among the papers which will particularly attract general attention, are that on grape culture, by Mr. W. N. Barnett, of West Haven, Conn., and that on Herbariums, by Professor Robinson.
Mr. Barnett has been very successful in the culture of the grape, and these are the men who can give good advice. It is not always clear that the reasons for certain practices as given are correct, and hence those who attempt another's practice often fail. It is here that discussions arise, and Mr. Barnett's paper appears to have been warmly debated.
The conclusion of Mr. Robinson in regard to the proposition to establish a Herbarium by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, commends itself to our judgment. One or two Herbariums is enough in a large city. Every citizen interested in botany should do his utmost to make these perfect. The Massachusetts Society is now proudly pre-eminent in its library, which is the best one of a horticultural" character in the Union, if not in the world. If it has any money to spare, let it take up a horticultural garden next. Its members would learn more in a week among living plants than in a life-time among dry specimens - and the herbariums of the botanists, and the botanists will settle disputed points better than the members of the Horticultural Society would ever do for themselves. And then the horticultural experiments of such a garden, detailed in the transac-tions, would do good over all the world.