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.
A Babylon, N. Y.. correspondent says:"Please ask, through the Gardener's Monthly, of nurserymen, if they know anything of this worm that is destroying my Junipers. It is a quarter of an inch long, and forms a web covering through the winter. I have not observed it in summer. It evidently feeds on the young leaves, while in its active state; the ends of limbs become knotted, and show such an appearance as fire would produce.'"
New varieties are out in force. Besides those offered by W. K. Harris in our last month's advertisements, there are two in the West of some promise. Fanny, a bronze zonale, flower salmon color, and Ralph, with crimson flowers.
"While our correspondents are teaching us how to grow Butterfly Orchids, Mr. Rolker, of New York, sends us samples of paper butterflies, looking so much like real living things, that even one"in the flesh"' might take them for brother"flies." They are used to give life to boquets and floral work, and must have the full effect desired.
Mrs."W., Worcester, Mass., kindly writes:"In your number for September, I noticed 'E.' inquires under scraps and queries, page 268, if there-is really a double white Oleander. In reply, I will say, I have a double white Oleander which bloomed fully for the second time, last summer; it was a slip three years since. There are now five stalks, from one to two and a half feet deep, each with a branch of buds. A friend from whom this slip came, has a plant equally, vigorous".
"We have used lime on our apple orchard for a number of years, and consider it beneficial in moderate quantities, say twenty bushels to the acre. We have an old orchard that has borne heavy crops for several years, that we have limed with good results.
Mr. G. W. Campbell, of Delaware, Ohio, takes rooted eyes of grapes for grafting. He says the process is much more certain in this way. The benefits are a very rapid growth from the union on a strong rooted stock.
Mr. G. W. Stoner, of Louisiana, says this Southern apple is much in the way of Ben Davis, but prettier, fine flavored, and keeps as long as Rome Beauty.
Under the name of Penicillaria spicata, Mr. W. H. Carson, of New York, is introducing a new forage plant. It grows to eight or ten feet high before fall, the stems rarely reaching an inch in diameter, and very leafy. Two quarts of seed, drilled, is enough for an acre. All farm stock like it.