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.
Will you or some of your correspondents inform me as to the value or merits of the Swamp Dogwood ? It grows here along the banks of the Neosho River, and I have been told that it grows in the swamps of Virginia. It is of a dwarfish habit, growing from eight to ten feet high; foliage resembles the white lowering Dogwood, but smaller; the flower and berry is white (so I have been informed). They are not quite in bloom yet.
Correspondents have become frightened about Black Walnut trees. They believe them injurious to trees growing near them. Others growing under, or even close to them, suffer, because the Walnut is a gross feeder, and takes all the eatables to its own table; but it has no ill effect in any other way. We have known of Walnut trees of immense age and size within fifty feet of old apple trees, and both apparently well satisfied with their companions.
In Byberry township, Montgomery county, Penna., a chestnut tree, on the farm late of N. Richardson measures 20 feet in circumference four feet from the ground, which is the smallest place. This tree is traced back to four generations, which have picked the nuts from under it.
We rarely meet an intelligent man who has not made up his mind as to how the prairies were formed; and further, rarely found one person develop his theory that did not unexpectedly receive a "poser" from Some wily antagonist. Prof. Lesquereaux has written on the subject, and now O. P. Hay, in the American Naturalist, offers some reasons why belief in Prof. Lesquereaux should be for bidden.
Professor Asa Gray contributes an account of some new plauts to the April number of the Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. No less than seventeen new species of Astragalus are described, some of which will probably prove of gardening interest. Acanthaceae, not a large order in the United States, has two new genera added to it.
Mr. Chas. D. Zimmerman, of Buffalo (Pine Hill Nurseries), has discovered a new and useful enemy to the Codling Moth, which latter is so great an enemy to apple cultivators. It is a black cannibal beetle, the Tenebrioides laticollis, which eats up the caterpillar and empties the chrysalis of the Codling Moth.