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.
Variegated plants have generally a diseased look, and are not favorites in American gardens; but some bushes of the Kerria japonica variegata, that we saw last summer, impressed us very favorably with its value in ornamental gardening.
The citizens of this beautiful Virginia city are moving in the matter of a public park.
While passing through St. Louis recently, and visiting the Missouri Botanic Garden of Mr. Henry Shaw, the writer was much interested in some Pampas Grass pointed out by Mr. Gerney, the gardener. A quantity had been kept during the winter of 1879-80 rather warm, while the others had been in complete rest. The well rested ones flowered freely the past summer, while the others flowered but little. Such facts as these are of great value.
The London Florist and Pomologist, for November, has a beautiful colored plate of Castilleja indivisa, one of the "Painted Cups" of the Western States. Though partially a root parasite, they have discovered in England how to grow it.
Mr. Richard Smith, of Worcester, England, propagates the mistletoe so easily on apple trees, that they are furnished as abundantly from his nurseries as Kilmarnock Willows from others. They are said to be in good demand.
H. S., Raleigh, N. C, sends with a specimen of this, the following: "Enclosed I send you a leaf and a seed from a tree of which I have seen a few growing in this place. The tree grows to a moderately good size, and has a smooth silvery bark. I would like to ascertain the name of it, and would kindly request you through the Gardener's Monthly to tell me what it is, if you know it."
As a general thing, palms are over-potted. If the soil get sour the roots rot, and the leaves get yellow. They do better in comparatively small pots than any other plant.
If any of our correspondents can answer the following, we shall be glad to publish the information :
"As a subscriber to your much-valued Monthly, I take the liberty of asking the following: "Are the yellow varieties of Bouvardia, viz., flava and strigillosa, ever cultivated in this country, and if so, where can they be procured? Any information on the subject will be thankfully received by A. W. S., P. O. Box 5310, Boston, Mass.