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.
The English papers are filled with accounts of the growth of plants by the electric light. Much difficulty has been found in forcing flowers and fruits in that country from the long, dark winter days. By the electric light much of this difficulty may be overcome. In some cases, the flowers of the common Calla have been grown double the size when under the influence of the electric light. Under our bright winter skies we have not the same use for the electric light.
D. H. Cynthiana, Ky., reports that a large aphis at the roots of strawberry plants is very destructive. He seeks a remedy. So far as we know, it is not troublesome in these parts, and therefore no exprience has been had with remedies. But where a few plants are worth preserving, it might be worth while to try Paris green or London purple, as these seem to be destructive to all insect life, and do not injure vegetation.
J. W. B., Fresno, Cal., asks: "What is the Schumaker Peach?" but we can tell nothing more of it than has been already noted in our magazine.
Mr. Isaac C. Martin-dale, Camden, N. J., has prepared and published, in pamphlet form, acomplete history of this tree, of which there are now quite a number known, and shows that it must take rank as a good species. When Michaux' Sylva was published, and the kind named Quercus heterophylla, he thought the one tree on the Bartram estate the only one existing.
This is the modern Californian for the older Mexican Alfil-erilla - the common name of the Erodium ci-cutarium, an European, or at least, doubtfully native plant, which has found itself in remarkably comfortable circumstances in the climate and soil of California, and has spread like wildfire through the State. And then, it is so welcome to the Californians ! A correspondent of the San Francisco Chronicle calls it the prince of pasture plants.
T. F.,Raleigh, North Carolina, sends a specimen of what people there insist is a " hybrid between a heliotrope and a verbena." ButitisTournefortiaheliotropoides.
After all, when leading botanists profess to find "hybrid" forms in nature, on no other ground than that they seem intermediate between two other forms, other people may well be pardoned for supposing this curious plant to be a hybrid.