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.
Among the herbaceous plants exhibited was Stokesia cyana. This is one of the most striking flowers among the compositae, it has large blue flowers, is a free bloomer and comes in flower early in the Autumn, indeed early in July, and remains flowering a long time. This plant should be in all herbaceous collections.
E. P. Roe exhibited two quarts of this variety, and secured the first premium; Warren Fenno, for Hers-tine, second; and third premium to W. K. Wood for Clarks.
The Versailles carried off all the prizes offered for exhibits of that fruit.
The Downing took first and second premiums, the Royal George the third.
By exhibiting the Minnesota variety, S. G. Stone received first premium; S. Hartwell, for Narragansett, the second, and the third was awarded to S. G. Stone for Crosby.
The Marketing of Pears, Bottom Heat, Garden Irrigation, Culture of Roses, Fertilizers, Small Fruits - among others, show how varied are the subjects of the discussions reported in full in these pages.
It is said that a few of the dried leaves of this plant mixed with Chinese tea adds to its tastefulness to the palates of many people.
It is now attributed to Decaisne, that what is known in gardens as the Persian Lilac is not a Persian but a Chinese plant.
Generally, but erroneously, known as Hoteia Japonica, and Spiraea barbata, cannot be too highly appreciated as a decorative plant for early forcing; its pretty, erect, shining green foliage, surmounted by numerous beautiful and graceful panicles of white infloresence, giving the whole plant an elegant, appearance, and rendering it at once most pleasing and useful for decorative purposes. - W. Butt.
The Gardener's Magazine says: "A blue Primrose was exhibited by Mr. G. F. Wilson at South Kensington, on Tuesday last, under the designation of Scott Wilson. The flowers are large, stout, of good form, and of a rich deep blue color. It is so remarkably distinct in color that it must be regarded as a most valuable addition to the list of hardy Primroses now in cultivation under distinctive names".
A dwarf-habited species found on the north of Italian and French Alps, is now flowering finely in the nurseries of Messrs. T. Backhouse and Son, York. The flowers of this plant are remarkably showy, owing to their bold bell form, distinct marginal tooth-ing, and fine deep purplish-blue color. - Gardener's Magazine.