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.
At a meeting of the Central Horticultural Society of France, held on the 11th of last September, M. Duchartre read a letter from M. Boisgiraud, of Tours, in which that gentleman stated that, amongst the plants of Lilium auratum in his garden, one bad produced double flowers. This makes the fourth species of Lily which has produced a double-flowered variety, the others being L tigrinum, L. candidum, and L. Thunber-gianum.
Forms neat, close tufts a foot or more in diameter, from which arise numerous slender stems eighteen inches high, bearing a profusion of flowers of a beautiful sky-blue. It is a native of California, and perfectly hardy.- C. M. Hovey.
A remarkably distinct and handsome species. Grows from three to five feet in height, with panicles of peach-colored flowers. It is perfectly hardy, and succeeds in any well-drained soil.- C. M. Hovey..
This new and handsome species grows from a foot to a foot and a half in height, with dark green, flax-like foliage. The centre branches, as well as the surrounding ones, are so disposed as to form a symmetrical and graceful specimen, covered from almost the base to the summit, with innumerable glowing lightscarlet blossoms. It is easily grown, and susceptible of both pot and open-ground culture.- C. M. Hovey.
This is another new species; grows from two to two and a half feet; is of very robust growth, and exceedingly florife-rous. The individual flowers are larger by far than in any other species of this genus, and of a fine scarlet. It makes a very good pot-plant, but, by reason of its strong growth, is principally adapted for the open ground.- C. M. Hovey.
As the Pentstemon thrives so well in American gardens, it is worth notice that the Germans are improving some spe-sies remarkably. The best strains are hybrids between P. Hartwegi and P. gentianoides. But these species require a little protection in our severest winters.
It should not be forgotten by purchasers, is the same thing as the R. squarrosa of some English catalogues.
An English gentleman writing to a horticultural magazine, says, "he has only one life to live, and hence he gives a high price if he cannot help it, for the first chance of a new tree, in order that he may enjoy the full beauty of its form before he dies."