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.
It is said that a large quantity of "Olive" oil is made from the seed of the sunflower, and from cotton seed. It is belived to be better for culinary purposes than genuine olive, but those who sell it for "olive" excuse themselves by saying the public will not buy it under any but a "foreign" name.
A correspondent from Pleasant valley, Bucks Co., writes : "Doyenne Boussock I think is the hardiest pear I have".
Some years ago we noted that the proper way to grow catalpa was to cut it back the first and second year from seed, leaving only one shoot to grow up for a stem each year. The "tender" catalpa, treated in this way we have no doubt would be "hardy" even in Minnesota. Professor Burril of the Illinois Industrial University has grown some in this way. The average height of the trees is now sixteen feet, and they are as straight as it is possible for trees to be.
A correspondent interested in the forestry question, is desirous of knowing what uses the timber of this tree has been put to, and what are the circumstances under which it seems durable Any facts from actual experience will be valuable and welcome to us.
Every one has heard of the very curious California Pitcher Plant, Darlingtonia Californica. The California Horticulturist, the January number of winch by the way, comes to us as we anticipated wonderfully improved under Mr. Shinn's editorial management, gives a figure of a form once thought to be distinct from the original species.
Professor Henslow has proved by careful experiments, that where the supply of water from the roots is cut off, submerged branches can absorb moisture enough to supply those exposed to the atmosphere.
Mr. I. Tully of Kent's Store, Virginia, writes to the Popular Science Monthly, that colored petunias are torn to pieces every day before noon by various honey seeking insects, while the white ones are untouched. He has noticed that the same occurs with other white flowering plants, though the white flowers had the advantage in fragrance; thus leaving the inference that in the day time insects are chiefly attracted by color.