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.
New mignonettes continue to be introduced, but to the general observer do not appear very different from old sorts. The Victoria is now said to be the best.
Mr. W. Bull, of Chelsea, London, makes a specialty of new and rare plants, and we have now before us his annual catalogue of near two hundred pages, affording a chance for any one to find some novelty to his taste. And here we take up another catalogue of a similar class from the well-known firm of James Vietch & Son, also of Chelsea. But we must stop, for here is another from Linden, of Brussels.
Tulipa Greigi is the subject of a colored plate in the October number of the London Florist and Pomologist. It is a dwarf grower with flowers about four inches over, reflexed scarlet petals, and a yellow base with four oblong black spots. The leaves are rather large, thickly covered with black spots. It has been recently discovered in Turkistan and will be hardy in America.
Rudgea macrophylla, producing a large head of pure white flowers, is blooming in the stove. The leaves are of large size and have been compared to Medinilla, with which in habit the plant has some similarity, though from so small a plant much cannot be said. It is about a foot high, and the inflorescence in size is quite out of proportion. The flowers are very beautiful, and have been used in the bridal bouquet of a Royal marriage. Individually they last only a short time, but a large number of buds open in succession, and these alone are of great beauty. The corolla is funnel-shaped and about an inch in diameter. It was figured in the Botanical Magazine of 1867, where it is described as " a magnificent plant, and belonging to a genus which, though containing many species, had never previously, so far as I am aware, been introduced into European gardens." It is yet quite rare. The specimen from which the portrait was drawn was sent by Mr. Henderson of Pine Apple Place. It is a native of Rio Janeiro, and is described as attaining a height of 6 feet.
Hitherto it has not been tried with different soils or temperatures, but has succeeded in the stove, using a soil of peat and loam as for the generality of stove plants. - Kew Novelties in the Journal of Horticulture.
New Ampelopsis - A. incisa - Vitis incisaof Nut-tall.~We received this from Mr. Thomas Meehan, by whom it was introduced quite recently, and who describes it as follows: "This beautiful climbing vine was first discovered, described and named by the distinguished botanist, Nuttall, but only now, for the first time it is believed, introduced to cultivators. The leaves are trifo-liately cut and divided, and have a thick texture similar to that of the well known Hoya carnosa, or Wax Plant, with a glossy surface, and so peculiar in appearance as to attract even the commonest attention. Like all the Ampelopsis family it is a rapid grower, extending many feet in a season - climbing by tendrils as in Ampelopsis bipinnata. The flowers, as in most of the general family of Vitis, are not striking, but the small black berries are an attraction. It is a native of the Indian Territory and southwards. How hardy it may be is not yet known, but it has been known to endure a temperature of zero, without injury."
It is also a very desirable plant for florists and others, as it can be used to great advantage in hanging-baskets, vases, flower stands, etc. - Ell-wanger & Barry.