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 Belgian Horticulturists are already counting their losses over their terrible wintry battle-field, and reports like these are continually coming in. One from the "Commune" of "Hastiere," says: "Pears, Peaches, Plums, Apricots, and Grape vines exist only in a state of carcasses!" Another story runs: " Pears, - dwarfs, half-stems, or standards are dead to the roots, as also are many nut trees." Another writes: "The altitude of the orchards seem to have had no effect on the disasters. At the foot of the Meuse, espalier Pears are converted into bundles of dry wood, and I measured an apple tree a metre in circumference that was completely killed." Then come some "inex-pliques." " In the Botanic Garden at Namur is a Wellingtonia, wholly unhurt, but another near it completely killed;" another wonders why "Araucaria, Deodar cedar, Picea pinsapo, and Pinus maritima should be completely killed; while Picea balsamea should escape always unhurt".
Among the plants which are noted as being everywhere completely lost are Camellias, Azaleas, Rhododendrons, and Roses in "immense quantities," and it is prophesied that many commercial houses will be nearly ruined.