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.
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The chief topics are the art of Plowing, Fertilizers and Forestry notes. The last topic is handled in an admirable manner. It is rare that we have seen so much of actual American experience recorded. There are plenty of theoretical studies derived from European works, but all too few notes from our own experiments.
Embellished with a colored plate of the Ontario apple, and illustrated by numerous insects beneficial and injurious to the fruit growers.
This interesting native plant, the"Quaker Bonnet of Philadelphia, " hitherto supposed not cultivable in England, is taking a new turn. The Gardener's Chronicle says: " On the rockwork at Kew is in flower a beautiful tuft of Houstonia coerulea. Growing at Kew so freely, it is strange to hear that elsewhere it never seems really to flourish. Aethionema jucunda is very charming, and forms a small but neat tuft of pink flowers".
At a recent visit to Ellwanger & Barry, of Rochester, few hardy herbaceous plants were more striking than this. It was a complete sheet of snowy cup-like flowers.
A doubled-flowered California Poppy, is among the latest novelties in England.
"A good double Amaryllis (A., equestris fl.pl.) is now added to the collection of the New Plant and Bulb Company at Colchester. It is said to resemble a double Rose, and flowering specimens which we saw in a dried state seem to justify this description".
We had a good illustration recently, of the ease with which orchids may be grown. A Cattleya Mossiae, which had been " kicking about " in a florist's greenhouses with other plants, was flowering beautifully in an old basket. It was impossible to conceive of anything more utterly neglected and even abused. We should not be surprised to find these pretty things among the most popular of plants for window gardening, some day.
Luculia Pinciana - is another species, in leaf and habit very like the preceeding, but the flowers on the upper side are pure white, changing in age to cream tinged with blush; the outside is deep blush and the tube red. It was raised from seeds received from Napal by Pince, of Exeter, England, and is reputed as finer than gratissima. The immense compound cymes being larger and swee"ter. I am not aware of its being in this country. F.