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.
Many new things appear like a flash, and then disappear in the darkness. This one will probably come to stay. It has been just sent out by Messrs. Veitch, and was found by Mr. Burbidge in Northern Borneo. The leaves are about the size and form of the common privet, though they appear by the drawings to be rough and hairy. The bunch of sweet white flowers are about six inches over, and hang from pendulous stalks.
Y. G., Highland Falls, N. Y. - It is not possible to name florists flowers from cut blooms. The Carnations appeared to be unnamed seedlings, and perhaps have never been named.
J. P., Paterson, N. J., says: - "Please inform me through the Monthly if there is a dwarf white Abutilon. I raised one from seed of the old Abutilon, (Boule de Neige) and proves to be a fine variety. I looked into several catalogues but failed to see a dwarf white Abutilon."
[We do not know of any. - Ed. G. M.]
Known under the names Crowder (Clay Pea), Red Ripper, Whippoorwill, and many other names. Many of the varieties, and in fact all, are good for table use. The Crowder is so called on account of being so closely filled in the pods, so much so that they are flattened. The Red Ripper is used for making hay, as they make lots of vines.
A correspondent from Albemarle county, Va., gives the cost of planting and cultivating an acre of grapes till they bear, as $17.80, and $14 per acre as the subsequent cost. The original cost of the land not stated. After they come into bearing the crop brings from $37 to $137 per acre. Concord is the most popular. There are about two hundred acres within points accessible to Charlottesville.
A. R., Galveston, Texas, March 26th, writes: "Spring has fully opened here. Peach, pear and apple trees in full blossom. The past winter proved fatal to our orange trees and oleander plants, the latter being killed for the first time in the memory of the oldest inhabitant."
The large pear trees at Monroe, Mich., were recently visited by Dr. Warder, and found to measure thirteen feet in circumference at five feet from the ground. They are approaching a hundred years old. The pear seems by this to be very much at home in Michigan.
They were some two weeks later this year than last.