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.
Want of forethought is emphatically exhibited by the new paper makers. When they found that paper could be made from the tulip-poplar tree they at once began to buy it up and cut it down wholesale. No one of them it would appear anticipated a future supply by planting more of this quick growing wood, and now they are about out of the material and are forced to import pulp from Norway. This is an example like the want of foresight in the American Government, which lets its best forests be stolen and plants no more; or in its neglect of planting the cork tree. Time enough has elapsed since notice was given in this journal that the latter was well adapted to much of our climate; the result is only a stray specimen here and there, and cork is still an expensive imported article.
At the Centennial the popularity of the Japs was often remarked upon. They have a great love of gardens and gardening. At a late meeting of the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences, M. Grigoneff made a report on this topic. Gardening, he said, was carried on by all classes of society, from the great palaces to the most humble houses. Gardening, as well as the art of making bouquets, is taught in schools; nowhere else are there so many gardens. The species cultivated are mostly miniature representatives of great trees. All new species and varieties of garden flowers and trees are sold at high prices, and become known throughout the country with great rapidity. Miss Bird, in her curious book of travels, confirms this.
A learned Swiss has pointed out that a poplar or other tall tree may, if its roots strike into the damp soil, serve as a lightning conductor to protect a house; and he thinks he has verified the conjecture by examination of a number of individual cases of lightning stroke. In the case, however, where the house stands between the tree and piece of water, a pond, well, or stream, the shortest path for the lightning from the tree to the wet-conductor may be through the house!