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 a recent trip through Southern Pennsylvania, we saw repeated handbills that "Poplar was badly wanted." We supposed that this referred to the true Poplars - Populus - but a friend, who had been in the paper-making business, assures us that the Tulip Poplar, Liriodendron, is the wood required.
An Australian paper says: "A tree 325 feet high, in the neighborhood of Stockton, Cal., has hitherto enjoyed the reputation of being the tallest in the world; but an official of the Forests Department in Victoria, Australia, lately measured a fallen Eucalyptus in Gippsland, which was 435 feet long. Another tree of the same species in the Dandenong district of Victoria, still standing, is estimated at 450 feet".
We learn from a correspondent that the movement among farmers to set apart an acre or so for timber planting on their farms is growing in popularity.
In Australia they do not call it girdling, but "ringing" trees, when they are talking of clearing off the original forest or " paddocks." The trees often sprout below the "ring"as our Chestnuts do, but sheep eat the sprouts as fast as they appear, and for want of foliage the whole stump dries.
As an illustration of the unstability of popular names of plants, we may note that our Ox-eye Daisy is known in Scotland as " Horse-Gowan." But the botanical name is hard - Chrysanthemum leucanthemum.
J. M. H., Houston, Texas, says: "I had a laugh some months since at a statement in the Gardener's Monthly, taken from a German paper, that Caladium esculen-tum was growing indigneous on the Brazos in Texas. While aquatic plants of many kinds grow in great profusion in the lakes and swamps on the Brazos river, I have failed to see anything very nearly like Caladium esculentum after a look of one hundred miles or more".
To show how great is the interest in France in all that relates to the famous Grape vine insect, we may only observe that we are informed that this is " a bi-monthly magazine, devoted to the interests of Grape culture, and its defence against the Phylloxera." It is published in Paris at 10 francs a year.
A new house is to be built on the site of the old one; but the great Elm, which afforded its favorite shade to Daniel Webster, is to be religiously preserved.