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.
Dr. Warder informs us that a convention will be held in April, in Cincinnati, in behalf of forestry interests, and that the Forestry Association meets there at the same time.
Prof. Budd, of Ames, Iowa, has a good word for this timber. It will probably be found very durable for posts, and as it grows rapidly, and is not known to have many insect enemies, it may be valuable for this purpose. It is, moreover, almost if not quite as rapid a grower as the Robinia or yellow locust. It may not be any better than yellow locust to nail to, which is the reason why yellow locust had to be abandoned as railroad ties. Does anybody know how this is ?
A correspondent inquires about the value of yellow locust shingles. They would probably split under hot sun, but we have no certain knowledge. Has any one tried them?
Can any of our readers tell what became of the large section exhibited at the Centennial? A correspondent would be glad to know.
A synopsis by Edward Tuckerman is in preparation, and volume first will be issued from the press early in the spring.
Under date of December 25th, Mr. Jean Sisley, writing to a friend in this country, describes the French winter as being open and peculiar, much the same as ours has been.
Under this name, and also that of D. racemosum, one of the most beautiful hardy herbaceous plants known to our gardens has been rather widely circulated since it was admired in the Japanese garden in the Centennial grounds in Philadelphia. Dr. Hooker has recently examined the history of the plant, and finds its proper name to be Les-pedeza bicolor.
There seems to be no doubt of the truth of the travelers' statement that Pithecelobium Saman has the power of growing in the driest deserts, and of condensing from the atmosphere the moisture it needs, which falls in drops from the tree to the ground. The English government is introducing it to culture in India.
In the last report of Kew Gardens, the fact for the first time appears that the Chinese Varnish tree is a very distinct plant from the Japanese. The latter is Rhus vernicifera, closely allied, if not indeed quite the same with our poison ash, Rhus venenata. The Chinese is Aleurites vernicia, one of that class of euphorbiaceous plants to which the candle tree belongs.