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.
By Charles V. Riley. Being Bulletin No. 6 of the United States Entomological Commission.
Prof. Riley's work as Entomologist of Missouri, did infinite credit to the State which employed him; but these labors are considerably enhanced in value by this Index. It is often a matter of astonishment that there is not more of this indexing done by public bodies.
Vol. vi. No. 1 and No. 2 of Hayden's reports has just been issued by the Department of the Interior. No. 2, contains the Birds of Nevada, North American Moths by Grote, and much very interesting paleontological matter. No. 1, has the account of the Rocky Mountain Flora by Gray and Hooker.
The three best are perhaps the Blood-leaved, or Schweidler's Norway Maple, the Purple Beech, and Purple Birch.
This, a correspondent of the London Garden found one of the finest forest trees of Japan.
There was a difference of opinion expressed in our columns a few years ago, as to the ornamental merits of this plant. Mr. Maries, the Japanese traveller, tells the Garden that "the most beautiful climber is Schizophragma hydrangeoides. This does always best on a living tree with a long branchless trunk, and requires to be old before it produces flowers. I have seen trees perfect masses of large Hydrangea-like blossoms".
This beautiful denizen of Eastern greenhouses is hardy in those parts of California where there is little frost. The finest one in the State was in the Post Office yard of San Francisco. It had to be removed for improvements, and though only thirty feet high, those who undertook it, were not equal to its success.
The Phylloxera is sadly destructive to the vineyards of South Australia.
It has been disputed whether the Codling Moth can be caught by sweet liquids in bottles, as wasps are caught. Professor Claypole, of Antioch College, Ohio, says he caught some the past year in a sugared dish.
A beautiful paper on our feathered friends was read at the Pennsylvania State Horticultural Meeting, by S. P. Eby. It created a spirited discussion in which the other side was heard. Few would be without the birds, we must have them, should encourage them, but have to study how to guard ourselves when they become audacious. The European sparrow found many enemies among the speakers ; a few who thought it too soon to decide, and no earnest advocate.