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, the oldest existing society in the United States, are arranging for their annual display to be held in their famous Hall, on Broad Street, in Philadelphia. It will commence on the 16th of September.
The Red Maple has been in use for ornamenting grounds for many years; but not to the extent that its beauty and general adaptability claim for it; but its merits are asserting themselves. A beautiful avenue was planted with them in Fairmount Park last Spring, and a correspondent of the London Garden, points out how beautiful are the few specimens in Kew Gardens, and the great beauty a wider use of them would give to an English landscape.
Jonathan Rees, Phoenixville, Pa., writes that "it might be well to substitute other things for Dogwood, Sassafras, and Juniper, if others could be had to do as universally well with the same initials".
The double variety of this Japan plant is now becoming common under culture. The flower is ephremeral, but beautiful while it lasts, being a good companion to the double Almond. It is liable to the same disease as the last named plant; whole branches die in a night, like the "Fire blight" in the Pear.
This proves a valuable companion to the old pure white kind. The flowers are very large, and of a rosy pink when opening, becoming white at maturity.
This now famous American plant plays an important part in the frontispiece to Linden's new catalogue. He seems to grow it under a huge bell glass, thereby retaining for it a moist atmosphere, and it might have been for this purpose that the water pitchers were formed, as much as for the purpose of catching insects for food.
A lady correspondent of the Country Gentleman does well in reminding window flower growers of an old but nearly forgotten fact, that a few drops of hartshorn in the water given to plants is an excellent fertilizer. It is worth all other " concentrated" manures for this purpose.
Flowers large and very double, of a pale rosy-lilac color, with dark veins on the upper petals; produces a large truss. A very fine variety. Flowers of the largest and finest forms.
Flowers large; dark lilac, shaded with purple; of fine form. Trusses of medium size. Very free flowering. A pleasing lively-colored variety.