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.
L. says: "What is the apple grown in your vicinity as Philadelphia Queen? I have one fruiting for the last year and this, but I see no difference between it and Red Astrachan."
[The only Queen known about Philadelphia is the Summer Queen. This is much lighter in color than the Red Astrachan, and ripens a little later; and, altogether, not quite so valuable an apple. - Ed. G. M.]
A new hemlock spruce has been discovered in the Carolina mountains, and described under the above name by Dr. Engelmann in the Botanical Gazette. Mr. William Canby, who has been South this summer, has also collected specimens. It is remarkable that large trees like these should so long have escaped the many lynx eyed botanists who have been over the field.
The Horse Radish seeds but rarely. The writer never saw any. Before us are samples so marked by a correspondent from Maine. Wood makes as a generic character, "seeds few." These had sixteen minute seeds in each small seed vessel, quite a large number for a plant of this order. We are much obliged by the opportunity of seeing them.
The general belief is that the king bird is wholly insectivorous; but we have lately seen the birds feeding ravenously on the berries of the Blue Dogwood - Cornus alternifolia. Every morning after sunrise the bush on our lawn is covered with them, making their morning meal on the fruit.
The American industry of putting up sardines flourishes in Maine. Eastport exported last year the amount of $650,-500. The number of factories has increased during a year to thirteen.
It is true the crow is a thief and steals the farmers' corn; but it is not without caws. - Boston paper.
An old lady thinks that if all Europe joins in one concert, it will be too loud, and that the bugle, she hopes, will be omitted, though she fears there will be too many drums.
Under this name a new monthly serial is to be issued by Mr. B. S. Williams, of London. The colored plates are by Fitch, the botanical descriptions by Moore, while Robert Warner and Williams will manage the cultural part.
Our excellent correspondent and friend, W. T. Harding, has resigned his position as superintendent of the beautiful cemetery at Upper Sandusky, Ohio, for a sojourn of some length in England; with, however, the intention of finally returning to his adopted land.