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.
Of this, one of the most beautiful of ornamental trees, there is a magnificent specimen in front of the Redwood Library, at Newport, R. I. It was planted about 1840, having been presented to the library company by Mr. Robert Johnstone. The tree was bought at Dyer's Nursery, where is also a mate to it of the same age. They were bought of W. R. Prince, of Flushing, for $4 each.
At Dyer's Nursery, near Newport, there is a blood-leaved beech forty feet high, and with a trunk three feet in diameter.
We saw a few days ago pictures of heath in full bloom, near Philadelphia, Erica vagans, Erica stricta and the common heather Calluna vulgaris. They had been several years in the place where growing, in broken, stony soil. A slight sprinkling of leaves, corn stalks or brush wood is thrown over every year to keep the wind off in winter.
This mole trap, though one of the above-ground kind, has the advantage of having the teeth partially underground, so that chickens and other favored creatures are in no danger. Only the mole can spring the trap.
Dr Engelmann asks, in July Botanical Gazette, " why the occasionally perennial character" of this plant, which he noted last year in California, "has not been observed before?" It has. It is not at all uncommon to find it this way under culture.
This is a cross between Clematis lanuginosa and C. Fortuni, and, as beautifully painted in the Florist and Porno logist, may be said to be a double C. lanuginosa. The old C. lanuginosa is not as popular as it might be. It is a free blooming, hardy kind, and, as it seeds freely, is a good mother plant for the hybridizer.
There are many beautiful flowers among our native plants which the " Native Flowers and Ferns of the United States" and Professor Goodale's "Wild Flowers of America" are doing much to make known. Hibiscus coccineus, figured in the former work, is just as showy as the Chinese Hibiscus, with the advantage of being hardy at least as far north as Philadelphia. A Southern correspondent tells us he is about to put it on the market, and we are sure he will do good work.
J. Jackson, Boston, Mass., writes: "I see that in the Gardener's Monthly for August some one asks if Clematis coccinea is hardy. I planted a small root last season; it stood the very cold winter well; has made all of two feet growth, and has been in bloom ten days or more."