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.
We have from Mr. Schwartz, of Lyons, a chromo of the above rose, which, if correctly painted shows a yellowish buff tint among the rosy ones, - a sort of Saffrano character, which so far as we know is wholly novel among hybrid perpetuals. There is also a slight canary color on some of the petals.
Messrs. Nanz, Neuner & Co., of Louisville, send a specimen of a variety which has buff and crimson in its "comb." It is a very large thick head, and over a foot wide.
The singularly beautiful class of flowers known as cape plants are very seldom seen; most of them flower in the winter time, but require only that the temperature should be kept above freezing. It requires some art to keep them healthy through the summer season, - but then it requires some art to raise celery or turnips. The one has to be learned and so has the other, but it is no more difficult to learn about the one than the other.
This we before catalogued under the name of Hebeclinum macro-phyllum, under which name we received it, but find that it is properly Eupatorium triste. It is a free, vigorous growing plant, bearing large trusses of white flowers during January and February, filling in the gap of this class of flowers which is left by most of the others blooming either too early or too late. It will be valued as an addition to our winter-blooming plants. - Peter Henderson.
Gibson's Late Peach, from Mr. Charles Black. These did not arrive in very good condition, but enough were fit to show that the variety may be valuable.
We had the opportunity of seeing a plant of this grown near Philadelphia the past season, and find it to be a very free, healthy grower. White grapes of first-class quality are scarce. From what we have seen of this, it promises to be a good addition to the well known kinds we have.
These are now being shipped extensively from California to Chicago.
This is said to be a very early good Peach from Missouri, and " believed to be a hybrid between an Apricot and a Peach," but the intelligent pomologist need not let this opinion prejudice him against whatever real merit the variety may have.
Mr. Bassett inquires: "I see Chas. Black calls his plum a Chickasaw. Is it a Chickasaw? I have the impression that it is one of those that grow in the Northwestern States, and did not suppose they were of that variety at all".