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 common name in California is Mariposa Lily. In Colorado, Dr. Newberry says, the two species Calochortus Nuttallii, and C. Gunnisonii are known as "Black-eyed Susan." The Indians of Utah call it "Sego".
We are often misled by names. Malarial fever has nothing to do with malaria as we used to understand it - gases from decayed matter along rivers and in marshes. A letter from Las Cruces, in New Mexico, now before us, speaks of the alarming extent of malarial fever this year, in a country usually as dry as dust.
In a recent article we showed the strong probability that the weeping willow was introduced to Europe from China by the Dutch, when they enjoyed the exclusive privilege of trade with China in the earlier times. It is known that the camellia came in that way. It was first carried by them to their settlements in the Phillipines, and brought from there to Spain by a priest named Camelli, after whom it was named by Linnaeus.
The Rural Press notes the case of an almond pushing out from among the branches of a fruiting peach tree. A correspondent refuses to believe in such bud variation, but the editor properly reminds him that it is too late in horticultural experience to deny the existence of sports. Certainly the cases where the nectarine has pushed out from peach branches have been too well attested to admit of doubt. It originated in that way.
If any of our readers know of any common names of plants which have not come into general use, or may not be generally known, Dr. W. R. Gerard, 9 Waverly Place, New York, would like to have them. He is making this department of popular history a special study.
John A. Lowell has left $20,000, on condition that it be called the " Lowell Botanic Garden".
The following scraps for the Gardener's Monthly were found on a table by the deathbed of Mr. John Jay Smith, after his decease. It is a remarkable illustration of how the love of horticulture entered even into his dying thoughts:
There seems to be a misapprehension in the minds of even intelligent persons, as to the use of the word "horticulture." In most cases they mean pomology. Horticulture has to do with fruit culture; but then, so has agriculture. Whether it should be treated from the agricultural or the horticultural standpoint, depends on its special treatment. As a general thing, however, our Professors of horticulture are really agriculturists.