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 Lynchburg Advance says that some counties in that State sell nuts from the woods to the amount of $10,000 a year.
It is no new observation that bees in America slit the tubes to get honey. William Bartram, in 1791, noted that "Apis bombylicus" was visiting the flowers and piercing their nectariferous tubes when he was in Florida. The general impression seems to be that it is wholly a modern observation. Even Bartram, nearly a hundred years ago, does not seem to note it as anything new, from the casual manner in which he notes it.
The New York Evening Post says: "The flowers sent to Mile. Bernhardt filled not only her stateroom but an acre or so of dining tables in the main saloon. The designs were nautical, theatrical, gigantic." No doubt of it. The steamer itself covers probably a hundred acres, and the dock in which she took off Sara perhaps some thousands, while New York city, in which these huge steamers, with acres of dining-rooms, take refuge, must be - well, "gigantic."
This body, organized last year at Boston, will hold its first annual meeting at Cincinnati, on September 16th, the day before the meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which convenes in that city this year. Prof. W. J. Beal, Lansing, Mich., is President; G. Lewis Sturtevant, South Farmington, Mass., Secretary.
This body met at Dayton, Ohio, this year, on the 16th of June.
There may be rarer things, but surely not one prettier than the purple-leaved Berberry. In the early spring the leaves appear among the first, and dark-leaved from the start. By the middle of May the orange brown flowers, in pendent clusters, give the mass of purple a peculiarly rich appearance. In the fall the bushes are covered with brilliant red berries, which endure till frost. The bush itself is very pretty as a single specimen, taking on a good form without much aid from art.
Mr. J. Schultz, Louisville, Ky., writes: "I send you this morning a sample of my white Reseda. I raised it last year from seed. The plant I had last year was in the open border and bloomed very freely. It proves very good for cut flowers in winter."
[This was certainly a very peculiar and distinct form. - Ed. G. M.]
A "subscriber," Kingston, R. I., says: "Please inform me through the Monthly if the Coboea scandens variegata and Clematis coccinea are hardy?"
[Coboea is not hardy - no Mexican plant stands northern winters. The Clematis is from Texas, and similar woody plants have been found hardy in the North. - Ed. G. M.]