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.
American Lilies have been supposed to have no fragrance, but Mr. Watson, in a letter to Mr. Vick, says the above named old but little known species is sweet scented.
Correspondents often complain they cannot cultivate the trailing arbutus. It does very well when ordinary skill is called in. It does not like to be treated as a cabbage or tomato plant.
The rose without a thorn is not deemed of much importance. This ought to be an extra valuable species, for it is the thorniest Tea Rose that ever was perhaps seen, as represented in a chromo in the Garden. It is of the bronzy yellow class.
These are now as numerous and quite as beautiful as improved chrysanthemums, with the advantage of blooming through early Autumn to frost. "We note among the leading colors crimson, rose, purple, yellow and white, - and there are double as well as single forms. It is perhaps rather hardier than the ordinary chrysanthemum.
The common garden marigold, Calendula officinalis, has now been improved by the German florists. One called Meteor has a stripe of light yellow down the centre of each deep orange strap-shaped corolla, - " down the petals " as the florist, if not the botanist would say.
This beautiful blue species from southern Kansas and southwardly, proves to be well adapted to garden culture. It blooms at the end of August and lasts till frost. It is often grown under the name of S. Pitcheri.
This pretty blue Salvia, common in Southern Kansas, and at one time known in our gardens as Salvia Pitched, is just becoming a popular herbaceous plant in Europe.
The Holcus lanatus aureus is a charming grass, unlike any other with which I am acquainted. I found it on the wayside near Chilwell last spring. Its leaves tinted with gold, are very handsome. The other, Alopecurus pratensis argenteus, is also distinct, the flower-stems being ivory-white and the foliage beautifully striped with green and white. This is also a roadside Grass, and one which was found last winter on the Burton Road, near Derby. - Garden.
Our dry climate soon makes an end of the beauty of button-hole bouquets, so they are not quite as much in use as in the Old World. Very double Azaleas, known as Balsam Azaleas, are popular for this purpose in those countries.