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.
C. D. F., Gloucester, N. J., says: " Will you please let me know if single Tuberoses can be made to bear seed, and by what process?"
[The pollen of the Tuberose does not readily find its way to the stigma without artificial aid.
If you apply it the flowers will seed freely. - Ed. G. M].
Some friend, whose name does not appear, sends some leaves of Seedling Coleus which are very beautiful. They are named Fantasia, Starlight, Queen of May, Zebra, Sensation, Ridgewood Gem, and Sunfish. These are very different to the crenate-leaved kinds recently raised by Bunyard in England, and belong to the fringed or cut-leaved class of which pictus and multicolor are types. In some there are four distinct colors. It is a fortunate hit in the new plant way.
This plant, which is one of the most beautiful of all Summer flowering plants for American flower gardens, Mr. N. B. Hemisley identifies as the Bouvardia strigosa of Plantce Hartwegiana, or, as Mr. Hemisley now calls it, Rondoletia strigosa.
"'Somebody' wants to know what these berries and branch are. Says the berries were reported to be poisonous to eat, but don't know".
[The above is on the editor's table. If " Somebody " can identify himself, his berries are of the Cornelian cherry, and very good for those to eat who like them, as many do. - Ed. G. M].
Mr. John S. Twells finds the Pearl Millet an excellent fodder plant in Camden county, New Jersey. The stalks were seven to nine feet high, and many from the same root.
Just as the writer of this was regaling himself on some Pratt Pears of his own growth, and wondering whether he might not recommend them as perhaps the best for this region in the first week of September, his neighbor, Major P. R. Freas, dropped in with a basket of St. Michael d'Arch-ange, not unlike the other in general appearance; and in spite of our predeliction for pears of native origin, we have to give our vote for the foreigner. Mr. F.'s fruit is from dwarf trees.
Rev. S. J. B., Charolotte, N. C, writes : " My grapes rotted very badly - rainy in June - and began to rot with the rain when a little more than half grown. This year they are entirely free from rot. June and July quite dry".