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.
I notice your correspondent, "Reader," inquires for a remedy for mealy bug :
I have succeeded best in keeping them down by using a small stream of water with considerable force. I either plug the end of the hose nozzle or apply my finger, so as to produce a stream say the size of a large knitting-needle, then apply it directly around the leaves and, flowers. This dislodges them at once, and with, less harm to the plants than any other remedy I have tried.
Your correspondent, "Reader," asks: "Is-there any cure for mealy bug?"
I have been using for some years, and do still, undiluted alcohol, applied with a small brush, and find it quite satisfactory and much more agreeable to use than whale oil soap.
Fine specimens, showing great skill in culture, can be as well shown by growing old things as new ones. It is said that the common candy tuft makes wonderfully beautiful specimens when well grown.
An impression prevails that the culture of plants, amidst the prevailing rage for mere cut flowers, and perhaps the prevailing depression, is declining, but a correspondent tells us that L. B. Case, of Richmond, Ind., has done a very satisfactory business in them the past season.
Mr. W. T. Bell, of Franklin, Pa., contributes an excellent paper on "Decorative Plants," to the Franklin Spectator. The great value of the Holly in English decorations is from its bright scarlet berries. We cannot always have these; but we can mix other berried plants with evergreen with good effect. Prinos verticillata, Celastrus scandens, and Mitchella repens among others that could be usefully employed, as Mr. B. observes.
A Western correspondent writes that this variety has degenerated in that section this season, and asks is it general?
This new species, named by Dr. Engelmann in honor of Mr. Shaw, the generous proprietor of the Missouri Botanical Garden at St. Louis, has recently flowered on Mr. Shaw's grounds, and has been a topic of much interest with St. Louis horticulturists and botanists.
Mrs. H. P., Guilford,. Conn., writes, "Can you tell me, through your magazine or otherwise, what the insect on the enclosed leaf is, and what will rid them from my plants ? My large ivy and some roses are thickly infested." [This is the common greenhouse scale, and a sponging of whale-oil soap is generally effective. - Ed. G. M].