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.
It is the custom in parts of Switzerland to plant a tree on family holidays, such as a marriage, etc, the friends of the family usually furnishing and planting the tree. The work is often accompanied with a great deal of parade, the relatives joining in procession. Music and congratulatory speeches make a part of the performance. - The Journal of Forestry.
A critical cotem-porary, which goes on the bank rule of "no-errors corrected at this counter, " but loves to amuse itself with the errors of others, tells its readers that one lately deceased was " widely known, and much repented." It is clear we cannot all be perfect, indeed it is doubtful whether the saving grace is very widely distributed. Noah's ark did not hold many, and evidently our friend was not one of the party.
Mr. Robinson will no doubt be surprised to learn that somebody stretched out his prize Asparagus, page 239, August number, from three to fifteen inches. We can beat Asparagus when it is but three inches round, but fifteen is scarcely to be found anywhere out of a printing office.
Under this title we note, by advertisements in English publications, Mr. John Smith, the ex-curator of Kew gardens, has issued a little book, which is highly commended by the London newspaper press. There are few men better able to prepare a work of this kind, as familiarity with living plants in the Royal Gardens has given him an excellent opportunity to compare what have been thought to represent these ancient plants, with what has been reported about them.
It is strange that such a beautiful plant is not used more extensively; it flowers abundantly in hot weather, and its dark-green leaves and tropical appearance always render it attractive; its being an evergreen adds greatly to its value as an ornamental plant. For a display of this plant, J. W. Manning received a gratuity.
An interesting feature in the report of this meeting was the prizes offered for flowers grown in window gardens; a collection comprising Petunias, Lobelias and scarlet Pelargoniums, grown in this manner, was exhibited by Sophia Rouse and Edward Re-valeon, for which they were awarded a gratuity.
John R. Brewer exhibited some specimens of this handsome tree. As this Maple's principle attraction is in the scarlet leaves produced by the young Summer growth, to have it looking its best it should be kept cut as a shrub, for the more Summer wood produced the more brilliant the appearance. The correct name of this Maple is Acer laetum, and not Acer colchicum.