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.
A correspondent inquires whether any of the varieties raised by Mr. Bennett from especial kinds, and known as "pedigree" roses, have been tried in our country; and whether they have proved of any more value than seedlings raised on the hap-hazard plan?
C. E. P. asks: - "Will Mr. Parsons be so good as to give the readers of the Monthly a description of the Japanese chestnuts that were exhibited by him at the September, 1880, exhibition of the New York Horticultural Society?"
F. F. C, Racine, Wis., says: "Have the new Dreer's Coleus of 1880 had a good test in the hot sun in massed beds, and with what success?"
[The notes which have already appeared in the magazine may be a sufficient reply, except as to kinds not already noted. - Ed. G. M.]
"Subscriber" says: - "Will some of the readers of the Monthly give me some information concerning the treatment of Oncidium ornithorryn-chum."
W. E., Belvidere, N. J., sends camellias and roses for name, but they were packed in dry cotton, and dried to a "scrump" when opened.
This miserable pest has made its appearance in Australia. In an address before the Melbourne Horti cultural Society, a Mr. Harbison spoke of it as a probable blessing to fruit growers, as tending to thin out the trees from overloads of fruit. Happy Mr. Harbison!
By an extract which we have recently seen from the New York Tribune, birds are fooled by the color of grapes, never touching the white ones. On the gable end of a barn we have large plants of Concord, Clinton, and Martha. The latter, a white grape, is the only one of the three they seem to touch at all, and of these they take the largest half.
This industry continues to have an amazing growth in California. Sonoma county alone doubled its area of vineyards in this single season.
This will have an extensive distribution this season, and we shall probably know from actual experience how the delicious Ricketts' seedlings will do in different ocations.
Mr. Satterthwaite, one of the most conservative of fruit growers when new varieties are in question, says there is no doubt but the Reliance is a great improvement on the Philadelphia.
Under this name the Florist and Pomologist gives a colored plate of a variety looking very much like Crawford's Early. It is said to be an American variety. Do our readers know anything about it?