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.
On page 269, September number of Gardener's Monthly, you ask for some information about Ipomaea grandiflora. In reply, will say that I have cultivated it for the past five years and find it to be a very desirable plant for covering trellises, summer houses or verandas, it being a rapid grower, with large heart-shaped leaves, and the flowers, which are very large - seven inches in diameter - of the purest white and delightfully fragrant, expanding only at night. They begin to open - a curious sight to see - about 6 o'clock p. m., and close the next morning, to be succeeded by a new flower the following evening. It seldom seeds, but is a tender perennial of the easiest propagation. There is one peculiarity about its flowering stem that I have never seen in any other plant. The stems start from the axil of a leaf and continue to grow and produce blossoms the entire season. I have had them grow ten inches long, with no signs of stopping, when the cold weather cut it short I may say that on that stem were produced twelve flowers.
It thrives well in hot, dry situations.
On page 280, the question is asked whether any one knows where Teasel is cultivated in the United States. In our section of the State it is so much of a pest that it is with difficulty we get it exterminated. It crowds out grass, and the stems while in bloom are as hard as young hickory trees, and if cut before blooming they throw out a multitude of smaller heads later in the season, which necessitates two cuttings in a season.
I have made a rough diagram of a hotbed which I find much better than the old style. First, for durability; second, the difference in cost of making; third, to regulate the heat at will. The arch and furnace walls only made of common brick, and the flue made of small stones which generally abound in this section of country.