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.
This eminent gardener, who made Chatsworth so famous, a correspondent informs us, lies buried in the churchyard of Edenson alongside of the remains of the Duke of Devonshire, his friend and employer. In death as in life they are not separated.
We have had but a poor idea of this variety, as a good bedding kind, but as seen in the garden of Mr. Blair, at Belvidere, New Jersey, in the hands of Mr. Walter Coles, the excellent gardener there, it was one of the most effective we have seen. As a man is known by the company he keeps, it is evident "Thomas Meehan" was quite charming in the good company Mr. Coles had gathered together about him. Mr. Coles was proud of his success, and he had a good right to be.
Many of the art critics are contending that there is no beauty in Mosaic beds, and masses of various colored coleus grown together. This may be all true from an artistic standpoint, but in traveling through the country now, and remembering what travel was a few years ago, one cannot but be thankful for the change. Railroad stations and cottage fronts, at one time as sombre as church-yards, are at least warm and gay now, and this is a great gain.
Among the novelties announced by Messrs. James Veitch & Sons are the following:
This is the purest white variety of the well-known Japanese quince the Pyrus japonica of gardens - yet obtained. Its flowers are somewhat larger than those of the Cydonia generally cultivated as the white variety, but its greatest recommendation consists in its blooms retaining their pure white color during the whole of the flowering season, and under all circumstances; while those of the old C. japonica alba acquire a pink hue with age.
" C. E. P." says: "Will some of the readers of the Monthly please be so good as to give me some information as to the treatment of Anthurium magnificum. It is described as being a magnificent variety with large velvety green leaves and broad silver veins. The leaves . of my plant are of a bright green color, but the silver veins are wanting. Does this species require special treatment to bring out the silver markings, or have I an inferior variety?"
" C." inquires: " With whom did Abutilon Darwinii tessellata originate?"
" E." wants to know: "Of what country is Begonia glaucophylla scandens a native, and when and by whom introduced?"