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.
A correspondent of the Garden, writing of Japan, says :
"A fine Pinus koraiensis, trained into the shape of a Japanese junk in full sail, is at one end of the garden, and the priest who was in attendance told us that it had taken 500 years to train it. It was about 25 feet long and 10 feet wide, a perfect mass of foliage. I visited many other pagodas and temples, some with gardens celehrated for Pseonies, some Cherries, and some for the Wistaria. One variety I saw had racemes four feet long".
A raceme "four feet" long, and a Pine tree "five hundred years old," might lead one to inquire whether our figures have the same meaning in that singular land.