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.
In the June number of the Monthly, Jacques asks, "why not have a department for Notes and Queries." The plan he adopts is a most excellent one, and I hope to see such a department continued in the Monthly hereafter.
I do not think much of Abies Menziesii, it forms a very ragged and shabby looking tree. I have one specimen about thirty feet high, with a stern three and a-half feet in circumference, and it is very shabby looking; in fact it is anything but satisfactory.
Have you or any of your readers had any experience with the double Cinerarias ? Do they ever come true from seed? I have tried to raise them from seed several times, but have not been successful in raising even a good single flower from the so-called double seed.
Have any of the readers of the Monthly been successful in raising Todea superba from seed? I have one plant and I wish to propagate it; how can I do so? A few hints on its culture would be very acceptable.
Is there a good double fringed Petunia in cultivation, and if so what is its name ?
The Jucunda and President Wilder Strawberries are worthless here. 1 find none to equal Seth Boyden and Charles Downing, for general cultivation.
And I wish to say in addition to Mr. Hick's notes on the trees of Long Island, that the foreign varieties of trees grow equally as well on Long Island as their native brethren. At Oatlands, Queens, L. I., the residence of W. D. F. Manice, Esq., there is a Cedar of Lebanon, four and a-half feet in circumference and upward of thirty feet high. Magnolia macrophylla, three and a-half feet in circumference and about twenty-five feet high; Salisburia adiantifolia, over thirty feet high; and a Spanish Chestnut eleven and one quarter feet in circumference, and about forty feet high; an English chestnut, upwards of forty feet high with a trunk of thirteen feet in circumference; besides other rare trees of equal size and beauty. If you or any of your readers wish a list or any information concerning them, I will give them full particulars through the Monthly or otherwise. I would like to have shown you a fine specimen of Cladastris tinctoria or Virgilia lutea, upwards of fifty feet high, the branches bending to the ground with the weight of the long racemes of white sweet-scented flowers with which the tree was laden.
It is one of the finest trees in cultivation, and I wish you would call the attention of all the lovers of fine trees to this variety; it should be found in every collection however small, being of quick growth and perfectly free from insects.
I noticed in the May number, page 132, an article recommending the Ligustrum Japoni-cum. Does Mr. Beecher mean to say that it will stand without protection. Here we cannot give it protection enough. Even when well protected it comes out in the spring about half dead, and looking as if it had come through a fire. Nierembergia rivularis is not hardy. I left out about a dozen plants the past winter, (1878-9), and this spring I found them all dead, and they were protected by evergreen branches.
Please give me the names of some of the most distinct varieties of the Selaginellas?