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.
Our correspondent, E. P. P., of Clinton, is very fortunate in his successes in getting variegations and queer teratalogical specimens. In a recent letter he says:
"Once more my two Rostiezer pear trees are covered with pears about half an inch in diameter, and every one tipped with a fine blossom - the petals a deeper red than the color of the early bloom. But I am again caught, not having observed whether it be the spring petals carried on with the growing fruit, or a second development of petals. It is a curious freak. You remember that two years ago I wrote you of the same peculiarity in the same two trees.
I have been remarkably fortunate in securing variegated plants and trees. One of my quinces sported out from the root several creamy white shoots which have stood three winters, but blister a little in hottest suns.
"I have a superb variegated seedling phlox (perennial). Also a white-leaved elm; I am afraid too white. Also an apple with leaves creamy white and a green spot in the center of each. The Quince will be a remarkable lawn shrub if it can be kept from blistering too much. I secured last year a highly fragrant Drummond phlox, but could get no seed, which I deeply regret.
"Fruit trees this spring have had an extraordinary bloom. I never saw the like before."
"I have also a superbly variegated silver poplar, secured a year ago. It promises to be very fine."