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.
The following are the Pines which Baron Nordenskjold found to the extreme north of the Russian possessions: Larix Sibirica, Pinus Cembra, Pinus Sibirica, sometimes known as R. pichta, Pinus sylvestris, a Scotch Pine, and Picea obovata, which is the same or nearly the same as that grown in our nurseries as Oriental spruce.
Cymbidium aloefolium is not a remarkably showy orchid, nor is the Mig nonette a showy plant. This orchid is sweeter than the mignonette. A plant with five fine spikes of flowers at the January meeting of the Germantown Horticultural Society, filled the hall with fragrance. How sweet must be those East Indian woods in which it grows wild.
It is said that a large quantity of first class wine exported from Europe is made of 90 per cent, water, 10 per cent, alcohol, and 5 per cent, tannin with some variation in the relative proportions according to the brand.
Robert Brown, in the beginning of the present century, collected an enormous number of species. He made no distribution, however, till the collection fell into the hands of Mr. Bennett, in 1858. Bennett died in 1876, when the collection was divided-Although the collection which went to Kew was but the third set, it contained the great number of 3,015 species.
The roll of some of our Western horticultural societies shows that the Great West is growing out of childhood. Mr. A. Sigler, of Adrian, has been a member of the Michigan Horticultural Society for a quarter of a century. It must be a source of pleasure when these old members look around them and note how much for good has been accomplished by their public-spirited labors.
Robert Carey, a gardener, and well-known successful hot-house grape-grower, of Hulmeville, Bucks Co, Pa., disappeared in January, and has not since been heard of. He was about 65 years of age, had long been with his employer, and was regarded as a remarkably steady and sober man. He was sent to Philadelphia to settle accounts and make purchases, and in searching for him he was found to have faithfully executed all his commissions, except one of $2.00 before trace of him was lost.
Among those recently deceased we have to notice this gentleman, who was formerly one of the most intelligent and successful gardeners in the East; but for years past was the able manager of the Belle Conservatories of Sacramento. He was especially successful there in growing the famous Victoria Lily. His death is classed with that of B. F. Fox, a serious loss to California Horticulture. He died on the 15th of January.