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.
A Northern paper, in a kind notice of the Gardener's Monthly, remarks "that its hints are far too early for that Northern clime,"- which is a good fault. To be too early with our hints enables anybody to profit by them when the warm weather comes. They are "too early" here this year. The frost is still in the way of tree digging this end of March.
Our early wood Anemone, Anemone nemorosa, is pretty enough as a single flower; but in its double condition, it is of heightened interest. We note by the catalogue of hardy plants of Woolson & Co., that there is under culture, a double white and a double rose - two double varieties. There is no » reason why our native species of wind-flower, may not produce as many kinds as the foreign species have done.
When preparing the chapter to accompany the plate of this rare species for "The Flowers and Ferns of the United States," it was supposed this beautiful South-western bulb was not yet under culture. It may not be to any great extent; but we see it offered among others in the Spring bulb catalogue of Messrs. J. M. Thorburn & Co. It is pleasant to note that it is no longer necessary for those who desire to get American plants, to have to go to Europe for them.
This pretty climbing-fern is hardy under somewhat sheltered circumstances. This and the American climbing Fern Lygodium palmatum, are the most beautiful under culture. There are few things more interesting than a fern garden. And one who has a partially shady place, or a small piece of woods; even a group of half dozen trees, may have one.
But the London Journal of Horticulture says there are roses by other names which do not smell at all; and it thinks that in Rose judging sweet odor ought to be one strong point considered. It thinks, at least its correspondent does, that it is absurd to give a rose any premium at all if it has no odor. A rose is not a rose unless it is sweet, by what name soever called.
There are few kinds of plants better adapted to Summer blooming in American gardens, than the various varieties of Iris. By a judicious selection, they will afford flowers from early Spring to Autumn. They do admirably in borders in front of shrubbery.
The rust or "disease" which has nearly swept the Hollyhock out of existence in American gardens, is nearly as bad in Europe. Prof. De Barry believes the fungus originally came from South America.