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 wish to call the attention of your botanical readers to the two following extracts. The first, below, is from a pamphlet giving a short account of the history and present condition of Cyprus, the author being R. Hamilton Lang, for a number of years British consul on the island :
" They bartered the gold and the luxurious manufactures of the East for the minerals and the produce of the island, which they carried back to the mother country or transported to the far-off lands visited by their ships. As the bee, flying from pollen to pollen, hybridizes as it goes, the Phoenician trader scattered the seeds of an advanced civilization, and a higher material prosperity wherever he touched and where-ever the grateful advantages of his commerce were felt".
The second extract is from a recent number of the Atlanta Daily Constitution :
"The editor of the Quitman Reporter has seen a rose which is something out of the usual order of nature. The stem had first a white rose in full bloom, then about an inch above was a red rose with a small leaf, through which the stem extended and bore on its end a rose bud which had not yet fully developed".
My own attention was not long since called to a monstrosity seen in a garden in the little village of Micanopy, East Florida. Travelers by stage from Ocala to Gainesville usually stop at this odd-named village to dine. Seldom, however, is a stop made over night, but the place struck me as being so very picturesque that I thought I would deviate from the usual rule and remain until the stage came up again from Ocala. The next day, as I was sitting in the hotel porch here, I noticed a flower conspicuous, though distant, because white, on a shrub in the corner of the front yard. The shrub proved to be the ordinary mock-orange, Phila-delphus inodorous, and the flower the only open one upon it. On examining this flower closely, I noticed that beneath each white petal there was a perfectly formed bud, each bud having sufficient stem to project it a quarter of an inch beyond the supporting flower. Had the flower remained unplucked a few days longer, the buds would doubtless have opened and would have exhibited rather a striking example of a compound flower.