This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Since Mr. Barker's death, these promising nurseries are being continued with Mr. B. Reynolds as superintendent. The collection is rich in orchids as well as other rare plants.
This little quarterly, published at fifty cents a year, at Richmond, Indiana, is surely worth more than its subscription price to any one interested in horticultural botany. The January number has an illustrated chapter on the celebrated water lily of the Amazon. - Victoria regia.
E., Philadel-phia, wonders with some reason where progress will be in twenty years from now. He refers to a visit he paid recently to Mr. Dreer's new Coleuses, and compares the number of beautiful forms with the few of former years, and asks "what next?"
This fine building, in which the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society had but a very small pecuniary interest, in comparison with the whole cost, has changed hands. It brought $75,300. It will make no difference, we presume, to the Horticultural Society in the way of its exhibitions, library, etc., which will probably all go on as formerly there.
There are few more beautiful plants in the early spring than the old-fashioned Polyanthus, in its numerous varieties; but though hardy enough through the winter, they are liable to suffer through the heats of summer. In partially shaded rich garden borders they continue many years.
The Gardeners Chronicle figures and describes a new species from Japan, having the general appearance of Nordmann's Silver Fir, and named in honor of Messrs. Veitch's collector in Japan. It is from Mount Nikko, at an elevation between 3500 and 7000 feet.
People often plant this in gardens for the sake of its beautiful red berries, but fail to get any under cultivation. The reason is that the plant is dioecious. The plants should be selected when in flower, and the two forms, - the long stamened and the long styled - and both set in one mass together.
There are few climbing vines that will give the noble appearance the old "Dutchman's Pipe" will. There is a smaller-leaved species, the- Aristolochia tomentosa, which is also pretty, - but if you cut its roots it will never forgive. Indeed the more the roots are cut the more it spreads, till in time the grower is inclined to believe in the old idea, that at times there may be too much of a good thing.