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.
A Belvidere, N. J., correspondent writes: "I asked your advice in regard to a Sago Palm, with two crowns; you advised splitting. I did so, but unfortunately one had neither root nor sign of one, but I plunged it in the sand among my cuttings, and when I left home three weeks ago it had made a growth of root of two inches, and the crown was beginning to push. This may not be new to you, but was a surprise to me".
C. says: " Will some of the readers of the Monthly please give me some information concerning Paullinia thalictrifolia. Is it a hardy shrub? To what natural order does it belong, and of what country is it a native, and in what year was it introduced? And what is Euphorbia piscatoria?"
Mr. Terwilliger writes: "In my article, page 201, the lowest temperature for 1878 and 1879 should be minus 20°, or 20° below zero".
This was distributed some twelve years ago by Jacob Miller of Litiz, Pa. A specimen before us, Aug. 4th, shows it to be a very good summer apple. It is medium size, and belongs to the class of light colored apples, of which Primate, Cooper's Early, and Carver are illustrations.
Mr. W. H. Dougherty, of the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences, brought from Mexico, last winter, some dried specimens of a fruit known in Mexican markets as Chiote. It was about the size of one's fist, prickly on the outside, and contained one or two seeds as large as a Lima bean. It belongs to to the Cucumber family, and proved to be the Hanburia Mexicana of botanists. There are probably many of these Mexican vegetables that would be worth introducing here.
As showing the variation in the great fruit belt of the United States, it may be noted that the Susquehanna peach, which in its native home in Central Pennsylvania is a September peach, is ripe at the end of July in southern Georgia.
This variety is said by some of the cultivators to be " a remarkable strawberry".
The fruit farm of ex-Governor Thomas of Brownsville, Nebraska, contains 500 bearing apple trees, 5,000 bearing grapes, 200 bearing chestnut trees, and small fruits in immense quantities.
Under this head Mr. Peter Henderson has issued a beautiful colored plate, showing Glossy Cone, Harvey Davis, Black Giant, Jucunda, Seth Boy-den, Monarch of theWest, Sharpless and President Lincoln. The two last occupy the place of honor in the centre of the plate, being much the largest. President Lincoln appears to the best advantage on a picture, because it is a cock's comb shape, but we suppose a dozen Sharpless would really outweigh a dozen President Lincoln.