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.
It is wonderful how the taste for these bulbous plants has grown. Europeans have hybridized and crossed the species and varieties, till they have become as numerous as dahlias. The best are named and sold at high figures, some as much as ten dollars a root. In our own country some of the old kinds are popular as window plants for early spring admiration. Of Amaryllis Johnsonii Mr. W. K. Harris, of Philadelphia, raises and sells many hundreds annually.
Buds of the new Striped Tea Rose "American Banner," were worn for the first time in New York, by the ladies waiting on the tables at the grand fair o the Seventh Regiment, on the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 30th. This variety among flowers from its novelty and scarcity is likely to be in great demand this Winter; but as it can only be supplied in small quantities, it will cost more than its weight in gold!
This new plant is in the way of the popular Weltoniensis, but the flowers are smaller, and of a bronzy pink color.
N., asks if any one can give a description of Achyranthus Emersonii?
E. C. P., asks: "Is it a rare occurence for Brugmansia suaveo-lens to fruit? I have a plant with one fruit on it".
[We have often seen this as well as the B.. sanguinea in flower, but never saw a fruit].
These, from America, are becoming popular in English markets. The London Times, of Oct. 15th notices the arrival of a consignment from Delaware.
A correspondent of the Canadian Horticulturist recommends that fruit patents be granted for a term of years at a trifling cost to the patentee. That a patent fruit nursery be established, and all patented fruit to be sold through this nursery; that no patented fruits be allowed to be sold except they first pass through this patent nursery.
In our county, forest trees seed with great irregularit-There may be a crop, or there may not be of some seeds, while those which make some show of regularity, as hickories, walnuts, and chestnuts vary much in quantity. It is not the case in Great Britain; but this season the foresters complain that there is nothing, and are mystified as to the cause of the scarcity.