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.
E. A. Dodge says : •' In relation to ' Paw-paw,' Michigan, I can say it was named after the Papaw fruit which I have seen growing there very luxuriously. Why it came to be spelled Paw-paw I cannot tell".
Few have any conception of the immense demand for ornamental grasses. We have heard of one seedsman whose stock of seed of the feather grass (Stipapennata) alone was this winter eight tons.
Dr. Engelmann, in a recent issue of the Botanical Gazette, says this is the largest N. American Hawthorn. It grows on the alluvial river bottoms below St. Louis. It makes a trunk often 28 inches in diameter. The red or orange-colored fruit persists all winter, long after all other kinds of Hawthorns have fallen.
By the Annual Report of Director Sargent, we find that the city government of Boston has not yet provided for the joint occupancy of the Arboretum and the city as recommended by the Park Commissioners, according to the plan given by the Gardener's Monthly last year. It is to be regretted, as it would make one of the most instructive and beautiful public grounds in America.
"If any of the readers of the Monthly can give me any information concerning the treatment of Cypripedium acaule, parvifiorum, spectabilis, and pubescens, I should be very thankful for it". - Q.
A plant about two feet high, and about two feet thick, with scores of bunches of fragrant whitish flowers was exhibited by Alex. Young, gardener to Mr. E. S. Mason, at the January exhibition of the German-town Horticultural Society, showing it to be an admirable kind for conservatory decoration at that season of the year.
A plant of this about two feet over, with literally thousands of flowers, was one of the gayest of the many pretty things exhibited at the January meeting of the German-town Horticultural Society. It came from Mr. Gallagher, gardener to Amos R. Lyttle, Esq.
The chief flowers forced for cutting in winter, are Hydrangea paniculata, White Lilacs, Lantanas, Violets, Stockgilhes, "Anthemis" - which our growers would perhaps translate to "Daisies" - Roses, Azaleas, New Holland Acacias, Epiphyllums, Tulips, Hyacinths, Narcissus, Chinese Primroses, Ericas, or Heaths, and "Muquets" or Lilies of the Valley. It seems strange that so very useful a plant as the Myrsiphyllum, or "Smilax," should not be known there in connection with cut flower work.