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 Rev. Henry L. Ellacombe, of Blitton, in a recent letter speaks of the past winter there: " It has been a most destructive winter here. Many things never touched before have been injured now. I have a. fine specimen of Photinia which has stood uninjured for years, but this year it seems to be killed to the ground; yet magnolias are not so-much injured as I have seen in other years. Everything is more than a month behindhand. One curious effect of the winter is the way in which evergreen plants have been stripped of their leaves. The conifers have suffered most in this way, and just outside the window of my library where I am writing, is a fine specimen of Mahonia fascicularis with scarcely a leaf on it,, but I don't think it is otherwise injured."