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.
The following gentlemen were elected officers for the coming year: Samuel Sloan, President; J. Pier-pont Morgan, Percy R. Pyne, Chas. Butler, E. S Sanford, Vice-Presidents; James Y. Murkland, Recording Secretary. The meetings will be held the first Tuesday in each month at No. 55 West 33d street, New York, at 3 p. m. From the report of January meeting, the following items will enable the outside reader to gather some information: Among the newer or scarcer roses exhibited by Mr. Jones, the Committee mention Madame Lambert, dark rosy crimson, somewhat like Bon Silene, but said to be generally much darker; Catherine Mermet, large deep rose, a splendid variety; Perle de Jardin, now so well known as to require no description; Adam, large delicate pink, Souvenir d'un Ami, somewhat of the color of Adam, but a shorter, thicker bud; Ma Capucine, not a very large bud, but of a very pleasing color - salmon orange. The Committee award Mr. Jones' exhibit a certificate of merit and a premium of $10.
Arthur Mayne, gardener to Mrs. M. J. Morgan, exhibited a lovely collection of orchids showing the great skill of that cultivator, nineteen varieties and species, among which were, Laelia an-ceps and Anceps Dawsonii, never before shown at their exhibitions.
Mr. John Reid again exhibited his new scarlet carnation, "Firebrand," which is undoubtedly a great acquisition in the line of colored carnations, being the brightest one known, and to all appearances an immense flower.
M. J. Edmonds, gardener to James McCreery, Esq., Inwood, N. Y., exhibited a dozen New York Flag Leek, which are very fine and large (about seven inches in circumference).
C. L. Allen suggested that it would be of great interest to members if we followed the example of the Massachusetts and Philadelphia Societies, and had a paper read at each meeting, diecus-sions to follow, the reading and debate each to occupy fifteen minutes. After a short discussion, Mr. Peter Henderson offered to read a paper on "Rose Culture" at the next meeting, and his offer was accepted with thanks, after which the meeting adjourned.
February meeting. At this meeting the collection of orchids from Mr. Morgan was much admired. Among others it had an Angraecum ses-quepedale major, the snowy waxy blooms of which were six inches in diameter. Ten of the members agreed to subscribe $5,000 each, to build a hall for the Society.
This revivified body is growing on with a bound, over $100 was offered as premiums at the March meeting. Twenty new members, chiefly among the wealthy people of taste of that city, were added to the rolls. A crimson Bengal rose, called Queen's Scarlet, similar in color, but much fuller than Agrippina, was exhibited. Mr. Henderson gave an essay on winter forcing of the rose. He only practices moss mulching from April to November. It is bad at other times. Mr. John Henderson said good roses could not be had without "good draining." There were many fine things exhibited, but unfortunately, with the exception of the rose, no comparisons are given which would render their merits intelligible to the distant reader.
We are pleased to note that the recent reports are more in the line of usefulness, which we have often marked out - that is, that the articles for which premiums are given are described, as well as the names given, of the one who takes the premium.
Mrs. Morgan, who always has something extra in the orchid line to show, exhibits an excellent specimen of Vanda coerulea with two magnificent spikes of blooms, fourteen flowers on each; a beautiful variety of Sophronites grandiflora, and also Phalaenopsis Lobbii.
Mr. B. M. Hartshorne shows quite a curiosity - a Japanese persimmon, grown out-doors at Naversink Highlands. It is about three inches across, and of a brilliant orange color, resembling in size and shape a fair sized Acme tomato.
To be sure it is only in these two items that those at a distance can get some instructions, but we commend this in the hope that the Society will extend this line of usefulness.
Transactions of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, - For 1879, Part II. From Robert Manning, Secretary; full of many interesting items. A prize of $60 was awarded to C. M. Hovey, for seedling camellia Anne Marie Hovey. Azaleas, roses and orchids appear very popular among members of the Society.