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.
The law notes of English Horticultural papers furnish curious reading. Here is one man who had some yew trees in his garden, the branches of which hung into the highway. Some one's horse ate some and died thereof, so the plaintiff contended, and sued the owner of the yew tree for damages. The defence was that the horse was a trespasser to all intents and purposes; that the owner had no business to let his horse eat the boughs. The case was "reserved," but the judge evidently leaned to the idea that the yew tree man ought to pay for the horse.
Then we pass to another. A father is sued for $250 for "button-hole bouquets," sold by a florist to a reckless and worthless young fellow, but a minor. The unfortunate parent plead that under the law he could be held liable for "necessaries" only, but he was adjudged to pay the florist's bill.