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.
In our country we confine the word "Fir" to the class of coniferous trees which have branches with the leaves arranged in a single row, - fan-like, - as for instance the Balsam Fir, the Silver Fir, etc.. But in Europe, the Pines - those with bundles of "needles" for leaves - are "Firs" also. The Garden says that in Austria, the Austrian Pine is called the "Broad Fir," because as it grows old, it loses all its lower branches, and makes a broad flat, spreading top.
We recently saw a plant of Cotoneaster Simmondsii in a small tub in a greenhouse, and full of red berries; it was remarkably beautiful. In Pennsylvania, this and many species are quite hardy, and yet how seldom do we see them in gardens. They are as striking, in some respects as the Holly, and much easier to grow.
This is praised very highly for beautiful features by some good judges who have recently seen it.
There is a great run in Europe, just now on the pretty red Spiraea pal-mata, from Japan. And no doubt the inquiry for it will soon spread to our own land. It may be as well to remind our friends that we have native with us Spirsea lobata, which is as much like the Japan one as "two peas," and that if the Japan species is worth hankering after, our own little Beauty is no less so.
M. notes that the Horse chestnut flowered in the fall as well as in the spring last year, and asks if it be explainable? Many trees which flower in the spring, flower in the fall if their leaves be injured before natural maturity. Pears which drop their leaves early from leaf blight, almost always flower in the fall.
From notes we have seen in various quarters, the idea we have often thrust out, to have houses where half-hardy things may be preserved through the winter without fire-heat, is likely to become popular.
Boston florists speak encouragingly. The demand for rose flowers-has exceeded the supply. Some declare forcing hardy roses (H. P.'s) is a failure, the expense far exceeding the returns.
These are so numerous now, that we need improvement rather in form than in the mere multiplication of petals. "Who will now give us a kind with the petals laid as neatly over each other as a double white Camellia?