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.
The common Blood-leaved beech has a weeping habit when old, and people seeing this have propagated from it, believing it to be a real weeper. But the Belgian nurserymen insist that there is a veritable weeper, and that it originated in Flanders.
And now our old friend has fallen amongst the Philistines. It has been weighed in the nomenclatorial balance by the Horticultural Botanists of the Continent and found wanting. Hereafter our American friends who look for"all the new things" from Europe, had better hesitate when they come to the name of"Chamaecyparvis Bour-asieri," unless they have room for an extra plant of Cupressus Lawsoniana.
The Garden says, that in England the leaves of the Doyoenne Boussock pear tree turn to as beautiful color in the fall as those of the Virginia creeper.
Hoteia japonica, also Spirioea japonica and Astilbe japonica of our various catalogues, goes also as Astilbe barbata on the continent, and which is perhaps the correct name.
Under this name a new Conifera from Japan is advertised in Belgian catalogues. The foliage is said to be of a very deep green, with a silvery reflection. It is said to be the most distinguished of the genus By its appearance and in its sharp needles it approaches P. polita.
The Florist and Pomologist tells us that a race blooming much earlier than the common kind has been obtained in France, and that many of the varieties are now offered in English catalogues.
W. G. J., Ithaca, N. Y., asks:
"What will stop the ravages of snails in greenhouses ? They appear to work at night, and are very destructive on plants of the Salvia and Dracaena kind. I have found some four to five inches long." [They are easily captured by placing slices of turnips, potatoes or similar things about, covering somewhat to keep them cool and dark. Ed. G. M].
Hon. C. W. Taylor, Hulmeville, Pa., writes:"I lifted an Amorphophallus Rivieri on the 5th of this month that measured 42 inches in-circumference and weighed 26 pounds. It was sent me by Mr. Dreer, three seasons ago, and was then about one inch in diameter. I thought it was good growth for that length of time." [It is always a pleasure to receive accounts of superior culture. Ed. G. M].
Mrs. R., Columbus, Ohio, makes the following inquiry. If there is such a work it has escaped our notice. Does any reader know of one?
"If it will not be asking too much, can you tell me where I can get a book on the subject of Floral Decoratings, or How to Decorate ? I saw an advertisement not long since, but have forgotten where I saw it".