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.
We have yet letters insisting that the dwarf, flowerless Catalpa is C. Bungei, and the lobed-leaved flowering one is C. Ksempferi. All we can say is that this is clearly not the case as the plants are described in De Candolle's Prodromus, which until we have better authority we must accept as the law.
In making up the census reports, Prof. C. S. Sargent is anxious to get more information about the value of the Paulownia as a timber tree. If any one has a tree that has to be cut down for any purpose, he would be glad of the log, and would of course pay expense of transportation. Write to him before sending, as he may have more offers than he needs.
This species has been tested at various points on our Northwestern prairies, enduring a temperature of 30° below zero without injury, and also very extensively near Boston, where it has stood out entirely uninjured during the last sixteen years. This is not only one of the hardiest but the most beautiful of all the Spruces.
Raised from Colorado seed, this fine tree has proved itself perfectly hardy in the very low temperature and severe winds of the Northwestern prairies, and in Eastern Massachusetts., where it has stood entirely uninjured during the last sixteen years, although plants raised from seed from the Pacific coast are quite tender and unable to endure our winters.
The seedlings offered have been raised from seed collected in the Rocky Mountains, in Colorado, and will, without doubt, prove hardier than those raised from California seed. The Colorado form, with its larger leaves and lighter color, is even superior from an ornamental point of view to the popular California tree.
" Inquirer." This is the Rubus odoratus. It is valued chiefly for its fragarant and showy flowers, and not for its fruit, which seems to be produced very sparingly, as is the case with many plants having fragrant and showy flowers. Plants with inconspicuous flowers, and which do not " waste their fragarance on the desert air," are generally the ones which produce seeds the most abundantly.