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.
The English periodicals on gardening are much engaged in recommending the refuse cocoanut fibre for pot plants, and even for grass lawns. It is employed with charcoal intermixed, with great results as to rooting. Will "Scraps and Queries" tell us if it is to be had in America, and where, etc.?
[We suppose cocoanut matting is made in America, and that the refuse could be had, but we do not know where. - Ed. G. M.]
J. P., Paterson, N. J. - The green branches, with yellow flowers, wild in Holland, and called there "Bram," is the Genista scoparia, known here as "Scotch Broom."
The Electric Light brings insects in such numbers that it proves a great nuisance in the Paris restaurants; they tumble into the coffee and the ices, and give trouble not heretofore thought of. So for every increased luxury there is a price to be paid.
A single German breeder of gold fish raises annually 300,000. He employs fifteen laborers, a night watchman, and a book-keeper, besides the men employed in his salesrooms in Berlin. All these persons earn a good livelihood.
The. water of the river Assinni-boine, which will be wanted by the rising city of Winnipeg, contains too much sulphate of magnesia.
European writers on gardening frequently make curious geographical statements. In an article on Picea Douglasii which appeared in a leading French magazine recently, the "Rocky Mountains" are placed in "California."
"Why not save five months time, trouble of watering and potting? Instead, plant seeds in September, with the same result." If read in this way, the author's intention at p. 137, of May number, would be more clearly expressed.
It is Hibiscus rosa sinensis Cruentus miniatus flore semi pleno according to the Belgian Horticultural Review. A few hyphens might be used to shorten the apparent length, but we give it just as it appears in the magazine quoted. After this we might sigh for an English name, only that we may remember that "Bold-Robin-run-in-the-hedge" is not much better.
The London Saturday Review has a long and appreciative notice of Mr.Williamson's fern etchings, - and what 'is rare in notices by the European secular press - a notice very intelligently written. The author -of the notice correctly notes that Schizaea pusilla and the common climbing fern, Lygodium scandens, have a strange look to one only acquainted with British species, and might be considered distinctively American ferns.