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 California papers are noting the introduction of these beautiful New Holland plants into California. The whole family - Proteacaea - is so beautiful and so different to the ordinary run of plants, and withal most of the species are so easily grown, that it is a wonder they are not more often seen as specimens in tubs or large pots. They keep very easily over winter in cool houses that are secure from frost.
The New York Horticultural Society reports a scarlet Carnation Firebrand, as "very fine." The superlative is no doubt agreeable to the exhibitor, but the comparative would be better for those who read about it.
We think we must keep on urging these reforms in "Committee Reports."
Some time ago I saw the following simple, but very effective and inexpensive mode of making a window-sill continually bright and pretty: Some wire netting was fastened to each side and filled with common moss; in this were sunk to the brim pots containing flowers of any desired sort or color. The moss prevented the plants from getting too dry, and with a little water they were kept in good growing condition. - Gardening Illustrated.
This ripened last season near Dayton, Ohio, and Mr. Anderson believes it will be a source of much profit, though ripening so late in the season. It is a freestone.
This new variety ripens on the Hudson about the 1st of June, of moderate size, and productive. The sensible, moderate manner in which its claims are put forward, inclines us at once in its favor though we know nothing of it personally.
In our last this was printed Leny. In writing, people should make n, v, and r, distinct. It is impossible to distinguish them in the MS. as often written. In ordinary words they can be safely guessed at, but in proper names it is dangerous In the Flowers and Ferns of the United States, under the head of Calochor-tus, the Nevada Co. of a correspondent becomes "Verada" Co. The MS. might very well pass for either.
The largest apple that we have yet seen, says the Garden, was brought to our office on the 6th inst. by Dr. Magenis. It weighs 1 lb. 3 oz , is 5½ inches in diameter, and 4½ inches high. It was grown in Cavan, in the North of Ireland, in the garden of Mr. H. P. Kennedy.
A correspondent from Franktown, Nevada, sends us some splendid specimens of apples grown there which appear to be Canada Reinette; but which at least shows that this newly-settled country is likely to be as famous for its fruit as its minerals.