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.
The Public Ledger of Norfolk, Virginia, remarks on the growing taste of the ladies and gentlemen of that city for gardening, and attributes much of it to the successful venture of Mr. D. Barker, with his"Brambleton" green houses.
This, or as it is strangely enough called, the"White Berried Pyracantha" has proved entirely hardy at Burlington, Iowa. We suppose the ordinary scarlet berried Pyracantha would not be hardy that far north.
In the quotations of the London cut-flower market, are frequent references to " Lent Lilies." It appears this is the new fashionable name for the Daffodil. As Daffodil it is only worth a few farthings a dozen, and would hardly be tolerated on an exalted occasion; but as " Lent Lilies " they bring fair prices, that more than cover the first cost of roots.
Of the marriage of Lord Roseberry, in which three thousand Tea Rose buds were used, it is remarked that " even a Rothschild might doubt the possibility of getting that number" in March. If our English friends must have rose-buds in March at their weddings, let them marry in our large Eastern cities, and any florist will get them 10,000 on a week's notice. It does look as if our florists had " patronage".
From all we can learn, the taste for Orchid-growing is increasing very much among our people; and Mr. Thomas Hogg and Mr. Rand have been collecting in tropical America. Among a recent consignment from the former were no less than 700 fine plants of Cattleya Mossae. Besides numerous shipments have been made by nurserymen from Guatemala, all of which were sold at public sale in New York, and brought fair prices.
S. F. T., Saratoga, N. Y., says:"I have a seedling Pelargonium (Lady Washington), that is variegated with white on the leaves. The leaves are not flat like the green kinds, but cupped and very much toothed on the edges. Has not yet flowered".
Mr. D. W. Beadle, in Canadian Horticulturist, says this variety is all that its friends claim for it, in his region, which is St. Catharines. It is hardy, vigorous, healthy, and fruit of superior quality. It ripens just before the Bartlett.
American-raised fruit of this variety brought good prices in London, according to the March market reports.
Specimens were exhibited before the Massachusetts Horticultural Society last year, which weighed a pound, and measured in length seven inches. In quality it was not found " best," but still " very good." It was raised by Mr. Morel Lyon, Vaise, France.