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 Japanese, after having furnished our gardens with some of our best treasures, are retaliating, and our popular flowers now appear in their gardens.
This pretty European species is becoming somewhat common in cultivated ground in the North Eastern States. If we must have imported weeds, it is some compensation when they are pretty ones.
The American Agriculturist has a good word for the Ulmus crassifolia. It was gathered by the Agriculturist twenty-five years ago near San Antonio, and. was previously figured in Nuttall's addition to Michaux' Sylva and named Ulmus opaca, though in the Flora of Arkansas, he had already described it as U. crassifolia. It seems likely to be hardy enough to stand where the Madura does, which is a native of the same State.
This rare form, named by Michaux, Quercus heterophylla, is very much desired by Mr. Eli K. Price, one of the Honorable Commissioners of Fanmount Park, to help complete the Michaux Oak grove. If any one has a specimen that is transplantable, Mr. Price would like to secure it.
These three species of orchids are closely allied, botanically, to the Oncidiums, and resemble them in their growth and manner of blooming. They all send their flower stems from the base of the bulbs, which stems vary in length from a few inches to three to five feet.
Although many orchid growers do not place much value on these, yet some are really pretty, and all are curious and free flowering. They all belong to the Western Continent, and come mostly from the warmer parts, and with me do well in the hottest place with the E. India orchids. The sepals and petals in all the varieties are long and slender, and resemble at a distance some huge insects.
Brassia Lanceana And Lawrenceana are both from Guiana, resemble one another very much, and grow well in shallow baskets with broken crocks and charcoal. The sepals and petals are greenish yellow barred and spotted brown, lip yellow spotted purplish brown.
The flowers of this species are quite large, sometimes over three inches in diameter; sepals and petals white, with a slight greenish tinge; lip white, with a large purple spot at the base. The flowers come singly from the base of the bulbs, though I have had occasionally two when the bulbs were very strong. There are many varieties of M. specta-bilis. Some entirely white and others with a pink spot on the lip.