This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
In the February number of the Gardener's Monthly, I noticed desire of G. H., of Glen-dale, Miss., that some correspondent would tell a little about Amaryllids and the plants related to them now. Amaryllidaceae, and Orchidaceae are the plants which are especially my favorites, and I was pleased with the article by Miss A. G., in the number for May, but I did not find in the list she gave, the very best (as far as my knowledge goes as yet) of the whole Amaryllis order, viz: Eucharis Amazonica. Before I proceed further, I must state that I try here to raise Orchids and Amaryllids without artificial heat in a sort of large pit, twenty-two by fourteen feet, the walls only elevated a foot above the ground, and the eastern half of the roof and part of the western covered with glass. In this pit I succeeded in blooming the following Orchids: Phajus grandifolius, P. Wallichii, Calanthe Veit-cliii, Dendrobium nobile; while I expect to bloom soon Calanthe vestita, C. veratrifolia, Coelogyne cristata, and some others.
Now with accommodations as stated above, of the whole Amaryllis order, the easiest to flower were Imantophyllum miniatum and I. Cyrtan-thiflorum, next comes Eucharis Amazonia, which I have had in bloom in the following months: January, March, April, July, August, September and December, though the plant with me has a decided preference to bloom in July, and December. Of Amaryllis I bloomed Johnsonii, and one sent to me by James M. Thorburn, in New York, under the name of Aulica, which it was not, being white with two red stripes in each petal. A. Johnsonii is hardy here. Ismene cala-thinum I could not flower in a pot, but planted out in the gardens, it bloomed finely. Haemanthus, of which I have bloomed tigrinus, are too coarse and clumsy for my taste. Crinums, those I know are hardy here, except C. amabile. Brunsvigia Coranica I bloomed, but the flower lacks beauty. The peduncles of the flowers are long, thick and stiff, and the flowers too small. Pancratium maritinum is hardy here, but the flowers are too flimsy, and last only a single day. I tried one, Alstroemeria, but the difficulties with this plant are the same as with raising fine Asparagus here; the plant starts in Fall, and ceases to grow in midwinter; in Spring it grows again, and finally rests during the hot Summer months.
Griffinia I have not bloomed yet. Habranthus pratensis also refused to flower. Now Mr. Editor if you find this worthy to appear in the Gardener's Monthly, you may insert it, and in case you find such scraps of information good enough, I may perhaps send you in another letter remarks in regard to plants that are hardy here, as indigenous to Texas, but cultivated in houses in the North. [Please do. - Ed. G. M].