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.
Theo. S. Case, editor. This vigorous scientific monthly, has just completed its fifth year. The editor notes that the circulation is barely sufficient to cover expenses, at which we are surprised. It can only be that Western people do not know how good a magazine they have at their own doors.
Referring to the origin of the Manetti Rose, a recent issue O the Journal des Roses states, that it was raised from seeds obtained from Persia by M. Manetti at the Botanic Garden of Monza, Italy. In 1837 some plants were sent to Mr. T. Rivers at Saw-bridgeworth, by M. Crivelli of Como, Italy; and it was introduced from England to France the 20th of March, 1840, by M. Portemar fils.
Double Dahlias are not double in the sense that a double Rose, or other flowers are double. The florets of the disk have simply been enlarged, so as to be somewhat strap-shaped as the ray florets are, instead of tubular as they are normally. But it is said there is now a real double dahlia - that the central florets have each another or others inside of them.
Says the Journal of Horticulture: "We send you one bloom of the Swanley White Violet, this must be the best of all whites." So writes Mr. Cannell, and the flower we received is certainly the finest of its kind we have seen. It was exactly one-and a-half inch in diameter, and contained forty petals, imbricated, and constituting a neat and well-formed flower".
White clover is still often sown with lawn grass, but few who know what is what in lawn management do so any more in our climate. It creeps along and crowds out everything else, only to be itself burned out by the first hot sun. Then we have bare places which the abominable "Fall" or "Crab grass" delights to occupy. The heat just suits that grass. Indeed if it would start early, and not leave the ground bare till midsummer, it would not be such an objectionable thing.
The growing popularity of orchidaceous plants is evidenced by the many beautiful specimens exhibited so often at the monthly meetings of the Germantown Horticultural Society. There were numbers at the last meeting from William Jamieson, gardener to Mr. Joseph Harrison. One, a Vanda suavis, variety Veitchii, had a grand raceme with thirteen expanded flowers and others in bud, which was very much admired. Had it but a single flower it would still be a beautiful orchid.