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.
In 1835, the bulb of a new Tulip, called the Citadel of Antwerp, was sold to M. Vanderwick, of Amsterdam, for £640. For a Viceroy, on one occasion, were paid four tons of wheat, eight tons of rye, four fat oxen, eight pigs, twelve sheep, two hogsheads of wine, four barrels of beer, two barrels of butter, one thousand pounds of cheese, a bundle of clothes and a silver pitcher.
In a recent issue of Nature appear some interesting notes by Professor Baillon upon Peperomia arifolia, an ornamental plant that is cultivated in stoves, the variety argyreia being an especial favorite. The leaves are peltate, and sometimes so much hollowed that they contain a quantity of water from sprinkling the plants, or condensation. Small insects frequently fall into these little pools and are drowned. In referring to this, Professor Baillon states that "Last year when the season was warm, and when the windows of the house were often open, the number of insects was very considerable, and these soaking in the water gradually decayed, and it was remarkable that during this there was not the least sign of any putrescent odor. Those who believe in the doctrine of insect-eating plants may perhaps in this be led to find an argument favorable to such a theory. They will add that the variety of colors so strikingly seen in these leaves, constitutes the agent of attraction for the insects to come and be devoured."
Climbing plants is the topic of greatest interest in the Popular Science Review, for July, 1880. It is by Francis Darwin F. L. S., and has been copied with its illustrations into Appleton's Popular Science Monthly. Most curious are its facts and observations; every one interested in plants should peruse it; too long for these pages, it is with regret it is passed.