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.
These comprise over 30,000 feet of glass, and roses and other flowers are forced to their utmost, but all are heated by one steam boiler. The Pittsburg papers speak of it as one of the wonders of the city. Much of the success of this great establishment is due to Foreman Randolph.
Among our notes is one concerning the spray of this plant for cut-flower decoration. We saw some used last summer in connection with other things, and it had a very pretty effect. In landscape gardening also it can often be used to advantage. In an old garden near Asheville, North Carolina, a huge clump of this was one of the finest things seen by the editor in his summer travels.
It has a head of white flowers, with a fuscous spot at the base on opening, but which disappears a few days after. Each flower is about an inch over, and with several dozen open at once it makes quite a gay appearance. We regard it as one of the most valuable of early spring bulbs.
"C." asks : "Will some of the readers of the Monthly please give me some information concerning the culture of Odontoglossum citrosmum and Cypripedium nevium?"
England is the great foreign market for French fruits. According to M. Joly, the exports from France during 1881, were 21,713,406 kilogrammes, and of this amount 18,039,072 went to England, the rest being distributed through Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, and others.
It is well known that the grape has a tendency towards dioecism - that is to say, to have the male and female flowers on separate plants. This is true of the foreign grape as well as of the native grape; but more particularly of the latter. Under culture, the Creveling is well known to have very often flowers approaching the purely female condition, that is with perfect pistils, but with defective stamens. Prof. Budd finds the same defect sometimes in some of the Rogers varieties.
M. Charles Joly, of Paris, in a recent paper on the exports and imports of fruits in France, gives the enormous quantity of 37,168,909 kilogrammes as the importation from Spain alone during 1881. This, as the consumption of one country alone, shows the great importance of the orange crop to Spain.