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.
Those who have not a plant of Akebia quinata, can have no idea what a handsome vine it is. It is so very hardy, has such beautiful foliage, is so free from diseases, grows so rapidly and yet is withal so slender and graceful that it is hard to find another climber to beat it. Besides it is the earliest to leaf and flower, and the flowers are so delightfully fragrant. This season it has added to its points of interest by producing its singular fruit in a few instances. Captain H. D. Landis, of Chestnut Hill, near Philadelphia, sends a very pretty specimen. But the most perfect we ever saw came from Mr. W. M. Canby, of Wilmington, Del. The female flower is composed of five carpels. They rarely perfect and produce seed, but when they do, only one or two matures. In Mr. Canby's specimen all had reached this stage, and as they opened on the upper side, formed one of the most beautiful rosettes imaginable, and offered a very beautiful model for a carver, or for architectural ornamentation. It is surprising, by the way, that those interested in the fine arts do not insist more on those they employ producing genuine representations from nature instead of the extravagance so often seen.
What excuse can there be for making oak branches with acorns, twine spirally like climbing vines, as they do in the new Public Buildings of Philadelphia ?