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.
On the grounds of Mr. J. Fra-zer, of Rochester, N. Y., is a specimen of Ul-mus viminalis, about forty feet high, remarkably beautiful. It is a small-leaved slender-twigged variety, and one of the handsomest of the many varieties of the old English elm.
Col. D. S. Curtiss recently gave a lecture on this subject before the District of Columbia Horticultural Society, which was listened to with marked attention. He showed that the study of our native flowers has a great charm in the tracing of resemblances, while the many points of interest brought out by modern science invests them with an interest unknown to our ancestors.
As is generally known some lilies are liable to the attack of a fungus which weakens and ultimately destroys them. This is particularly the case with the large gold-banded Lily of Japan, Lilium auratum, which though bought by the thousand every year, one seldom sees in flower. Mr. Berkely has been examining a fungus on some lilies in England, and probably the same, and finds it to be Uredo Frosti, and very closely related to the fungus which causes the onion disease.
Mr. G. F. Chandler, South Lancaster, Mass., sends a specimen of what appears to be the true D. scabra. This form is so nearly related to D. crenata, that in spite of the differences recently pointed out in our magazine, there is little distinction between them for ornamental purposes. The form known as D. scabra is rather more erect in habit of growth than the other.
A Worcester, Mass., correspondent, says: " Why do you call the Paulownia imperialis, ' Blue Trumpet Tree?' " The name is not ours. It is in common use in the West. The name probably suggested itself from the resemblance of the flowers in shape to the common trumpet creeper.
These are coming into more general use as ornaments in Summer gardening. They delight in a moist and partially shaded situation.
A gigantic species, attaining a height of six feet or more, with proportionately large sword-shaped leaves, and large pure white flowers marked with golden yellow on the outer petals. The flowers are about four inches in diameter, and very evanescent, but as they are numerous and quickly succeed each other, the plant retains its beauty for a long time, and is one of the most beautiful species ever imported. It is a native of Lord Howe's Island. - B. S. Williams.