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.
This well known and standard work, is in general use by all intelligent cultivators of the soil. No better evidence of its-utility can be adduced than the demand which has resulted in this beautiful new editon.
By E. E. Barney, Daytonr Ohio. Some matters about the Catalpa have appeared in our pages. Mr. Barney has collected a great deal more than we have had room to tell, and he sends his pamphlet postage free to all for six cents.
Published by Geo. E. Davenport, Medford, Massachusetts. This collection of Ferns is in the possession of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, and comprises 142 species - all known native to the United States. Besides being useful as a list, it is a good guide to geographical distribution, as the locality from which each of the specimens were taken, is given.
Querist. John Bartram is generally the one referred to as the "distinguished botanist." William, theson of John, was a good botanist, but his chief love was ornithology.
J. W., Houston, Texas, writes : "Would you please, in the next issue of the Gardener's Monthly, advise me as to what book I could get that has descriptions of all or most of the plants in cultivation in garden, greenhouse and stove. I mean scientific descriptions. I have Gray, Wood, and Chapman's Botanies, but am at a loss on cultivated plants." Lindley & Moore's "Treasury of Botany" comes the nearest we know to what you require.
Among the peculiari-ties of the schedule of the New York Horticultural Society, is the offers for numerous varieties of fruit. Now the offer is for the best ten Baldwin apples, and so on for an immense number of kinds. It is not unusual for premiums to be offered for single kinds; but it is for such large numbers. This exhibition is to be held "about the middle" of September.
I have in planting some 2,000 Arbor vitaes from swamp land, found cropping out of my hedges a large number of swamp or low land maples. No two are exactly alike; some of them with elegant laciniated leaves, others with coral or scarlet bark, others golden barked. I have spared them, and think them quite equal to the Japanese maples. Some one ought to study them up.
It is among the peculiarities of the season, that the Firs as distinct from the Spruces, were comparatively uninjured by the severe Winter in Germantown. Pinsapo, Appolonica, Pindrow, and others often thought tender, were wholly unhurt.