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.
Our English friends give specific names to numbers of forms from our country that we regard scarcely as varieties, not seeming to be aware how variable this class of plants is, and yet facts before them often seem to teach this lesson. For instance, a correspondent of the Garden says: " Of this some striking examples may now be seen in Mr. Mcth-ven's Nursery, Edinburgh, among Lawson Cypresses raised from imported seed. Among those plants possessing the most diverse habits and colors, I noted the following forms, viz.: - 1. Cu-pressus Lawsoniana, the dark green type, with drooping leaves, and a rather lax habit. 2. C. L. erec.ta viridis, a dense-habited bright green Thuja, like shrub, of erect, almost rigid, habit. 3. C. L. nana, a very dwarf glaucous form. 4. C. L. flac-cida, a greenish glaucous variety, almost pendulous. 5. C. L. glauca, a variety nearly like the type in habit, but of a distinct bluish color. Besides these there were many other forms more or less intermediate between them, but those numbered are quite as distinct as arc many of the so-called species of Abies or Pinus."