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.
Published quarterly at Rochester, N. Y. Charles A. Green, Editor. The first number before us gives promise of usefulness. Certainly it is seldom that so much good material is given at so low a subscription price.
The business of the late David Fergusson, we are pleased to know, will be continued by the sons, still retaining their father's name - David Fergusson & Sons.
One of the finest palms, which, when planted in peaty soil, will do well in a room where the temperature is not below 65°. During its growth this beautiful palm requires to be watered twice or three times a week with rain water of a temperature of not less than 50° F. The plant requires daily syringing, and the leaves must be kept free from dust.
An oval bed of thirty or more of bright colored Rhododendrons, edged with the white flowering Spirae Japonicas, make a very fine effect; so a large bed of fifty to one hundred Acer negundo foliis variegatis, nicely trimmed, about three to five feet high, and edged with the Spiraea japonicas, is very beautiful.
Anemone Japonica (perennial.) - Planted single or in masses, makes with its fine white flowers a good effect.
An exhaustive chapter read before the Congress of Botany and Horticulture, in 18S0, by Mr. Charles Joly, has been issued in Paris. He goes over all the known methods of labeling plants, and seems to regard writing on zinc as about the best.
Double Lilacs are not uncommon in our best collections, but double white has not been known. Lemoine, of Nancy, France, has raised one very double, and of a clear, snow white.
F. G. - We do not know what disease you refer to. They have three troubles. Sometimes a borer goes for them; then an insect like the Phylloxera often attacks the roots; and in the case of C. Jackmanii, they often go off in one night, as with the fire blight in the pear. But we know no remedy for any of them.
These are so numerous now, that we shall have to insist on very superior points, before we endorse their excellencies. Mr. Kirschner, florist, of Philadelphia, sends us a very large one, and very beautiful. Some say it is better than Firebrand, and Lady Emma, and good judges too, - but we cannot decide this point. All we can say is that it is certainly first class.