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.
"H. R. A.," Saco, Me., says: "I cut a perfectly double rose from I. Sprunt. Is it usual for that to sport ?"
[No, - but I. Sprunt is itself but a sport, and some of its own buds may be expected to follow the parent's wayward ways. - Ed. G. M].
"W. A. R," Louisville, Kentucky, writes : " We send you by this mail one of the first blooms of the new Tea Rose 'Etoile de Lyon.' You can judge somewhat of its size, and that it has a fine form, but it has not its usual color, which is much deeper".
[Certainly a very fine yellow variety. - Ed. G. M].
A correspondent recently inquired about this. Mr. Peter Keifer, the originator of the Keifer Pear, places some flowers on our table. They are very double, with deep violet petals, having a white base, and of the great width of one and a half inches. The odor is delicious. The stems are very long, and altogether it is one of the best varieties grown.
This very beautiful variety of the Japan Lilium longiflorum proves its popularity by the number of new names it is receiving. Among the latest seems to be "The New Bermuda Lily." Though a native of Japan it seems to have become partially naturalized in Bermuda, and some having had their stock direct from Bermuda, is the reason perhaps for the creation of so many names. However, the number of names will not be of much consequence so long as all understand they belong to one thing.
This is the name of the flower sent by J. B., Sacramento, California.
[They thrive very well if planted out in a warm, sunny place, in rather damp, rich soil, during summer, and repotted in autumn. They do not require great heat in winter. - Ed. G. M].
"J. W.," Louisville, Ky., says: "Mr. Rafferty, a florist here, has a seedling Cestrum, which I think is distinct. The seed was taken off Cestrum Parquii, but this one turned out pale yellow, a shade lighter than aurantia-cum, open all the time, and gives off its frag, rance during the night, same as Parquii, and has no bad odor like aurantiacum. Will be glad to know what you think of it".
[This ought to be a valuable variety. - Ed.