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.
Mr. R. H.. Rathbun, South Amboy, N. J., offers for sale a set of Paxton's Magazine of Botany, and DeCan-dolles' Prodromus. It is not easy to get these sets, and yet they are of inestimable value. No horticultural library, horticultural editorial rooms, or places where horticultural references are to be made, can well afford to be without them.
Our old correspondent. W. Duncan, whose association with the Farmer's Home Journal, of Louisville, was so favorably known, has started a new magazine, as above named. The first number is before us, and has a very varied and extensive table of contents.
Music from T. W. Helmick. Cincinnati." Pretty Little Blue-Eyed Stranger," is among the books and exchanges on our table.
Following in the wake of the Georgia State Horticultural Society, which under the care of Mr. P.J. Berckmans established a society a few years ago, South Carolina has now founded one which promises a large and useful career.
Hon. R. M. Sims has been the active spirit. The Editor of the Gardener's Monthly acknowledges the honor of election to corresponding membership, of which he has been informed in a very graceful letter from the Secretary, Dr. Otto A. Moses.
The Garden deserves credit for introducing us to a good old friend whom most of us have forgotten - the English Primrose, through a beautiful colored plate, of many pretty varieties - crimson rose, white, and scarlet. In America the difficulty is to keep them well over through dry summer atmosphere. But the good gardener can easily manage this. With very little care they may be made to do well.
These still maintain their great popularity in England, retailing at about $1.50 per dozen.
A free-growing and elegantly-marked stove plant, obtained from the Pacific Islands; of a closely branched habit, with pale green stems, and ovate slightly toothed leaves, which are freely mottled and variegated with greyish color and white, breaking out irregularly in a manner similar to the markings of II. Cooperi, to which it would form a companion plant, having the variegation white instead of pink. It should be grown in full light, near the glass, to bring out its proper coloring.
The common golden yellow escholtzia, of California, has been so skilfully selected that a race with flowers almost crimson has been produced. A beautiful colored illustration recently appeared in the Garden.