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 think it about time American pea growers set about raising their own varieties, so as to have kinds suited to our hot and dry climate. We had the opportunity of noting many of the celebrated English early kinds growing side by side this season, and none of the much vaunted novelties were equal to the Daniel O'Rourke, also an European. Of course every leading American seedsman has his "extra early," but we do not understand that they put these out as distinct kinds.
The Belgians say their best early Strawberry, and one very useful for forcing, is Louis Vilmorin.
A. correspondent from Mobile says: "I do not see why some of the people of Philadelphia do not settle on some of our railroad lands. We have a healthy climate, remarkably favorable natural advantages for fruit growing, and land as cheap and good as can be obtained anywhere in the Union".
A Texas paper records a watermelon on exhibition weighing 60 pounds.
A small patch of the beautiful Erica cineria has maintained itself in a wild condition for a number of years near Nantucket. Its history is unknown. It was first noticed by a New York lady in 1865, and still noticed in a flourishing condition by the same lady in 1879. We have a fresh specimen from another correspondent now before us.
Professor Beal, in the Rural New Yorker, identifies this with Poa sero-tina, and states that its common name is derived from a belief that it was first introduced to the meadows of Dedham, Mass., by means of wild fowl.
D. W. L., says: " Please inform me whether the Vitis (cissus) incisa of Nuttall is or is not the same as Ampelopsis incisa of catalogues".
[They are the same. The lines between the genera are not very definite. One may call them whichever they like without badly violating botanical rules. Vitis incisa is the original name, by Nuttall; but its affiinities are nearer to Ampelopsis than to the ordinary grape-vine. - Ed. G. M].
Western papers keep us posted of the movements of Prof. Sargent and his associates, Dr. Engelmann, Dr. Parry and Mr. Sereno Watson. In the first part of his journey he was accompanied through Colorado by Robert Douglass. From all accounts an immense amount of valuable facts have been recorded.
We notice by a brief line in an exchange that among those recently deceased is D. W. Lincoln, Esq., of Worcester, Mass., well-known as an eminent patron of horticulture in times past. He was, we believe, the next after Mr. Caleb Cope to undertake the culture of the Victoria Lily in this country, J. Fiske Allen, of Salem, being the third.