This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
These have been introduced into Australia, and succeed so well as to promise great profit.
A correspondent speaks highly of this variety. We have had no personal experience, but believe from this report that it is well-worthy of a trial.
We had an inquiry some time ago, which we could not answer - as to the plant which produced the Raffia fibre, now so popular with florists for tying. By a note in the Garden, from Mr. W. B. Hemsley, we see it is referred to a species of Sagus, a genus of palms. He spells it "Raffia," not Roffia, as some do.
This is a new competitor with cinchona or quinine. It is Aspidosperma quebracho, an apocynaceous plant, and a native of the Argentine Republic. We have an interesting paper on it by Dr. Ad. Hansen, republished by the Therapeutic Gizette, of Detroit. The paper includes a drawing of the plant.
Transactions for 1880, from Secretary Galusha. This beautiful volume shows the society to be very prosperous and performing very useful work for horticulture in the State. Though commercial men form the bulk of its membership, there is a great amount of information peculiarly adapted to amateurs of the most cultivated tastes.
This is a new venture from the press of the Scientific American, and will no doubt be as useful as that very popular weekly. An extremely interesting paper to our readers would be one on icebergs, which No. 3 - the one before us - contains. The circulation of hot water, of air in greenhouses, atmospheric and other questions bearing on gardening operations, are all of a kindred to the formation and distribution of icebergs.
Cassell, Petter & Galpin. Part 21, before us, has a portrait of Jesse Williams, the "father of cheese factories," with an interesting sketch of his life.
By J. P. Sheldon. New York: Cassel, Petter, Galpin & Co. Part 19 of this beautiful work will be of special interest to its American subscribers by an exhaustive chapter on "American Dairy Products."
M., Pittsburg, Pa., says: "I have always fthought that the Preacher (see Forestry in March number) propagated his trees by cuttings, and had to apply water until they were rooted and established."
These beautiful shrubs nearly evergreen, and producing lovely holly-like berries in autumn, have proved perfectly hardy near Philadelphia the past season, not even the tips though exposed above the snow line, were injured.