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.
E. J. M., Egg Harbor City, N. J., writes: "I see you think the so-called new Catalpa of the west is different from the eastern one, because the seed vessels are so much larger. Please tell us whether that Speciosa will beat the one I enclose, which is our common kind here".
[The seed vessel is twenty inches long - still wanting three inches in length of a specimen sent us by Mr. Douglas, of what they call their new variety. New Jersey must try again. Still it shows well for the little sand-bank State. - Ed. G. M].