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.
While we in America sing the praises of our native Rhododendrons, the Australians glory in the Waratah, which with the immense heads of flowers certainly makes no mean rival to the Rhododendron. A new species has been discovered there and named by Baron Yon Mueller, Telopea orcades.
Colonies and India, says this is Acacia fistula. It appears an insect bores the stems in such a peculiar manner, that when the wind blows, the tree whistles.
The botanists have determined under the laws of the science, that we must drop Salisburia adiantifolia, and say Ginko biloba when we refer to the Maiden Hair tree.
The Linnaen Society of New South Wales, has taken steps to advance the study of biological science, by affording special opportunities for the investigations of the Botany and Zoology of Australia. A "station" is to be established near Baron Maclay's Museum near Sydney, which is to be " open to all students of the male sex".
A pleasant little tract calculated especially to interest the young.
By R. H. Haines. This pamphlet gives brief but very full notes on most branches of fruit culture, and will be a very useful guide to beginners.
It is a great pleasure to note the accuracy with which the very full and elaborate American catalogues are got-ten up. Here, before us, are some from Miller & Yates, Hoopes Bro. & Thomas, Parsons' Sons & Co., Woolson&Co.,Ellwanger& Barry, and some others not immediately before us as we write, that will defy the criticism of either botanist or proof-reader. It is highly creditable to the commercial classes of our country to be able to record these facts.
The United Service Review for March, has an excellent chapter by Mr. Landreth, on the importance of establishing gardens in connection with military posts or garrisons on the frontiers. The article is not only interesting from a purely practical point of view, but is very pleasant reading to those who love to see highly intellectual and scholastic acquirements in horticultural writings.
There are few better known firms than that of John Dick, nurseryman, florist, and seed grower. Like so many of the older race about Philadelphia, Mr. D. begins to feel that he cannot do business for ever, and it is announced has parted with his florist business to his son J. D., Jr., whom we have reason to believe will continue the business as successfully as his father has done. He has the good wishes of a large circle of friends.