This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
I was reading, yesterday, Mr. Smith's account of the Catalpa tree growing in Fairmount Park, and judging from your remarks following his note, I thought that you might like to hear of another tree of the same kind, doing nicely. We have one on our place planted in line with a row of Elms. The Elms are, some of them, said to be a hundred years old; as for the Catalpa, I do not know what its age is, but judging from surroundings, I would think it the same age as the Elms. I measured it this morning, and find it seven feet in circumference one foot from the ground, and five feet six inches in circumference five feet from the ground. I think the tree is about forty feet high. The tree has been blown one sided by the north-west winds, which have had a good chance at it, but notwithstanding its being so uneven, it is a grand sight when in full bloom. Beside this large tree we have a small one, about eight feet high, which starts from the root in three separate parts, each about nine inches in circumference; this is standing about twenty feet distant from the former.