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.
Your notice of the variegated Coboea scan-dens, in the May number, leads me to say a good word for it. A year ago I planted out in the green-house a small plant, which exceeded in luxuriant growth anything I had ever cultivated. The only difficulty was to keep it within reasonable bounds. At Christmas and Easter I cut perhaps two dozen sprays, from two to six feet long, without missing them. If put in water immediately they will keep in the parlor four to six weeks without wilting. It seems to me that the sprays would meet with a ready' sale in Winter, as they are very effective and beautiful for decoration. The plant also bloomed all Winter, but I regard the blooms as of little consequence Compared with the vine. It appears to be entirely free from insects.
Another climber which has been very satisfactory, is Tacsonia Van Volxemi. This grew nearly as rapidly as the Coboea, but being delicate did not cover so much space. Since February it was constantly in bloom, until I cut it back a month ago, and the flowers far surpass any passion flower I have seen. The rich "Turkey red" blossoms seem to light up the green-house, and the fruit is very conspicuous. The blossoms last about three days. It was quite a novelty in this neighborhood. As my green-house is only about 12x24, and a very cool one, I think these vines could be grown by almost any amateur, but do not think they would do well in pots. I have other choice climbers not yet bloomed, of which I hope at some time to give a good account if desired.
Specimens from Mr. C. Th. Schueren, florist of Cleveland, O., shows this to be a remarkably beautiful plant. We do not take kindly to many of these variegated-leaved things. They look diseased. This does not, but is bright and live looking. It is a good addition.