This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Mr. Maries writes to the Garden, that starting from Nikko, which is two days journey from Yeddo, in Japan, there is an avenue of Cryptomeria Japonica, along the roadside, extending for fifty miles. One of these trees, blown down, measured one hundred and seventy-three feet long. The common Brake fern of our country and Europe, Pteris aquilina, was also abundant in the Japanese forests here.
The Boston and Maine Company now allows its station agents $10 a year each with which to buy seeds, plants, etc., and offers prizes of $50, $30 and $20 to the agent whose stations are best kept and present the neatest and most attractive appearance. - Scientific American.
An Upland (Pa.) correspondent of the Ridley News gives a highly interesting account to that paper of the remarkable manner in which the tuberous Begonias have been improved by a Mr. Tipping, of Nottingham, England.
Mr. A. D. Mylius tells us that the most popular varieties for growing for cut flowers in Detroit are Heinze's white and Heinze's red, which are local varieties, having been raised some years ago by Mr. Heinze, florist of that place.
Mr. H. takes great interest in raising carnations, as well as importing all the best kinds that can be obtained from abroad.
A Philadelphia correspondent says: "I have about three hundred blooms now out, and have a specimen with fifteen flower stems. To my mind nothing can be handsomer".
"F." asks: "Will C. H. S. please give me a few hints as to the cultivation of Trichopila suavis and T. tortilis, also Odontoglossum Cervantesii?"
After a careful investigation by disinterested scientific men, the French Government has concluded that the use of tobacco interferes with the mental faculties, and general ability to study, and has prohibited absolutely its use in all the Government schools. It is also said that no regular smoker ever took the highest degree in Harvard, and the authorities there are inclined to look into it.
The Garden quotes Dictionarie de Pomologie, as authority for the state ment that Glout Morceau is the same as Beurre d'Arenberg, and gives it as but a synonym of the latter name. Years ago this was discussed in America, and the conclusion reached that they were different fruits. Yet it is remarkable that no one is able to give any separate history to the Glout Morceau. It is said that Parmentier gave it the name temporarily, because the original name was lost.