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.
We were shown recently "something new" among decorative plants, nothing but a "racemed Lily of the Valley." The novelty was in the name, for the plant was the well known " Solomon's Seal," or Polygonatum. But it is new to find it used by florists for decorative purposes, and we commend the good taste which first thought to make use of it.
This, the common "Calla Lily," we have a flower of from C & B., Erie, Pa., with no letter to explain why it was sent.
This is the name of the double pink Bouvardia noticed in our magazine last year as having been raised in Kentucky.
The editor had the opportunity of examining this variety at Rochester, and it did not strike him that it was identical with Hovey's Seedling, as some suppose, though only a careful comparison of the two kinds growing side by side should positively determine this. Col. Wilder writes that he has made this test, and that they are not identical.
" Beatrice" says: "I admire your note on peach trees in fence ' corners,' but you omit to say what I believe to be a fact, that the ' corner' tree is always a seedling, and that a seedling tree is healthier, as a rule, than a grafted one".
Mr. B. sends us a seedling of some promise in order that we may judge of its carrying qualities, of which we can say that it is very superior. They reached us as if freshly gathered from the plant.
Mr. Wm. Saunders, of the Agricultural Department at Washington, gets down to the marrow of the question in the following paragraph :
"Whether it is more profitable to plant trees for the sake of their timber than it is to plant cereals and other crops for their food value, may be left for farmers to decide ; but to plant one hundred acres in trees with the view of increasing the rain fall on the adjoining one hundred acres of arable lands, seems to us a very weak proposition".
Can any one tell us what became of the section of the great mammoth tree of California which was exhibited at the Centennial?
It should not be forgotten that there are often circumstances independent of the quality of wood which decide the question of durability. A few days ago the writer examined three oak posts, all made at the same time from the same tree, two at the bottom of a hill, one on high ground on the hill side. Though all the same size, the two lower ones were rotted off near the ground; the one on the hill side is as good as ever.