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 beautiful lily, raised by Mr. Francis Parkman, of Boston, between Lilium auratum and L. speciosum, is the subject of a beautiful colored plate in the London Garden. The color is much like a very rich tinted speciosum, but the flowers are about nine inches across, and in other respects like auratum.
These are so numerous now that botanists already do not feel sure they can tell a species from a variety in the Columbines.
Boston papers are giving great praise to Mr. Doogue, "City Forester," for the good work he is doing for that city.
In our travels the prevailing weakness is untidy places. In many cases there is evidently more garden work to do than workers to do it. In others the suffering is from bad management. If there were a dozen at the work there would be little more improvement; for some men are so constituted that they cannot keep ahead with their work. But we are satisfied that great numbers of good gardeners have too much expected of them, and that this is the secret of many slovenly places.
It is remarkable that though we have numerous species of violet in this country, very few are scented. The Viola primulaefolia is exceptionally sweet, and is worthy of the attention of florists with a view to improvement. This species grows far North, having recently been found in Canada.
This beautiful shrub is not as well known as the older Forsythia viri-dissima or Golden Bell, but it is capable of making a much finer effect. If the central stem is trained to a pole or stake it will reach a height of ten or twelve feet, and the slender pendulous floral branches make a very pretty effect amidst the mass left to grow at will at the base.
Mrs. M., South Haven, Mich., says: " I send you to day a rose flower. Is it new or old? It appeared this season for the first time among some hybrid perpetuals in a friend's garden. It is a very double flower, and of fine form when fresh, but remarkably dwarf in stature as far as the bush is concerned".
[It is certainly a hybrid perpetual, and we know of no dwarf among this class. The flower was delightfully fragrant. - Ed. G. M.}
Mrs. L.,asks : "I would like to enquire about the Japan Blood-leaved Maples, whether they grow to be trees of twenty and thirty feet, or whether they are mere shrubs ?
If as handsome as the Purple Beech they are destined to become more widely known".
[They will never grow to the size of the Blood-leaved Beech. It is probable they are rather strong shrubs than trees and " twenty to thirty feet" will probably be their utmost limit. - Ed. G.M].