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.
This is a new edition of a work destined, the author tells us, to facilitate the relations between botanists all over the world. It gives the names and addresses of all the most active botanists in every part, so far as he knows them, giving besides their specialties, and the nature of the work on which each is engaged. It is interesting to note how very large is the number of American botanists who have become known by their works in Europe.
A correspondent of the Garden contributed a highly interesting article about gardening in Japan, and notes that the Pine tree is used to form arches over garden walks. Of course the plant is trained up to one stem, or rather the side branches are cut in and shoots are trimmed every year, while the main stem forms the arch.
A correspondent of the Garden says at Yokohama there were Maples in almost endless varieties, all in small unbumt pots. Large specimens of these had as many as sixteen varieties inarched on one thick stem of Poly-morphum, and the beautiful combination of color and form of leaf had a pretty effect.
These do not differ very much from the normal green form in winter or early spring; it is in early summer that they show their grand character. Among Golden Evergreens few excel the George Peabody arbor-vitae in striking beauty. In June and July it is the prince of golden evergreens.
This promises to be very popular among the rarer evergreens. The new spring growth has a reddish tinge, which gives them the appearance of being large flowers. It is a very hardy kind.
The Belgian papers are in raptures about this new bedding plant. It is said to be a Composite, with violet, velvet-looking foliage and orange flowers. " The aspect of the plant is really splendid," says N. E. Brown, an American Horticulturist settled in Belgium.
At Rochester during the nurserymen's meeting, Ellwanger & Barry exhibited cut specimens of this pretty white variety. There are a number of white varieties now under culture, but we regard this as one of the best. It has the habit of W. rosea.
The remarks of Miss A. G. on the management of small gardens, must have a widespread interest. It is wonderful how much more may be done, than is, to increase pleasurable surroundings. Her remarks may be profitable for large as well as small places. It is amazing to note how bare of tasteful notions many places are. A few trees, a few flowers and bushes; and a nice lawn ! But why should these be all ?