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.
I cannot clearly recollect now whether I saw one or two, but I believe two at Lake City, - were growing in the primeval forest bordering one of the lakes from which the town gets its name. The soil here was damp, and of course shaded as at Gainesville. The seeds in this instance had strayed, I fancy, by the intervention of birds, as neither man nor the fluid element would have carried them to the spot where discovered.
Dr. Masters finds the last only a juvenescent form of the first, and the latter will therefore be a synonym of the species, though practically useful from a horticultural point of view. From specimens of both found on one tree, Dr. Master's found the anatomical structure different, thus teaching that the microscope is not an infallible test of species.
Under this name, Dr. Asa Gray, in the proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, has just established a new genus of plants in honor of Dr. A. P. Gar-ber, son of our venerable friend and Correspondent Dr. J. B. Garber, of Columbia, Pa. New species are not uncommonly found, but new genera in the older settled portions of our country, are rare. This one is from Florida, and allied to the Liatris or well-known "gay-feather".
It is not uncommon for the persimmon to produce a fleshy fruit without seeds, and these are generally better flavored than the normal kind. Mr. Heiges sends us some nice ones from York, which however have a few small seeds.
It has been found, says the American Agriculturist, by careful and patient counting the number of perfect seeds produced in a number of seed-pods, that on a single plant of Purslane, Portulaca oleracea, there will be 1,000,000,000,000 as the seeds of the second generation from a single plant, or a seed for every square foot of 23,000,000 acres.
A valued correspondent sends a dish of strawberries, Oct. 22d, as a sample of perpetual bearers, bringing a dollar a quart at a late season. These are the small Alpine berry, well known in France, and to some in America. Interesting as they are, and with a true color brought about by hybridization, they are not sufficiently prolific and tasteful as is desirable in what we would call a "perpetual strawberry." There appeared a second crop of raspberries in Philadelphia in October.