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.
This is a very popular cut flower plant in England, - some having houses exclusively devoted to it as we have of Myrsiphyl-lum, or " Smilax," as it is popularly called. There are two varieties, the white and the rose-colored.
This pretty lady slipper grows very well in a cool greenhouse, and as it is a winter flower, is getting popular for cut flowers.
A correspondent says: Nothing is more useful with him than the leaves of Mahonia aquifolia, as a base for other flowers.
The single Cineraria is one of the most beautiful ornaments for rooms or greenhouses in early spring. Our foreign exchanges continue to speak of improvements being made in the double ones.
Queries - ' C " asks: "Will you or some of your readers please be so good as to give me a description of Anthurium magnificum? Of what country is it a native? and by whom introduced, and when? An article giving some information concerning this plant would no doubt prove of value to some of your readers".
"E" asks: " Will some of the readers of the Monthly please give me their experience with Solanum azureum? I see that it is by some most highly recommended, but'as so many of the Sofanums are utterly worthless for general cultivation, I should like to have the experience of some of the readers of the Monthly "
This is well spoken of by Prof. Budd, of Iowa. It ripens there ten days before the Concord.
Considerable attention has of late been given to the idea of destroying fungus by the use of yeast. The fungus eaten or falling on the insect is believed to be destructive. Prof. Prentiss gives the result of some experiments on aphides in the August number of the American Naturalist, which seem to indicate that it has no effect on them.
This has been found to fruit deliriously in Algeria and will be largely planted. Algeria and California have similar climates.
A box from Mr. B. F. Fox, containing some of his seedlings, not only confirms their excellence but shows how easy it is to ship them east when proper packing is understood, not one having the slightest bruise. It was said by them of old time that California pears were pretty but not good. One of these, which proved to be the B. S. Fox, was equal in flavor to any thing we have ever tasted. Delicious, in the fullest sense of the word, is just what these were.