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.
This waxy white, and sweet flower, would be extremely profitable to that florist who could discover how to get it in bloom cheaply and profusely all winter. It seldom flowers, however, before the winter and season for expensive flowers is almost over.
These, so numerous as the species are, afford little of interest to the cultivator ; but Acalypha marginata, as shown by Mr. Kinnier, at the January meeting of the Germantown Horticultural Society, shows this one to be as beautiful as the choicest coleus which the prettily-margined leaves very much suggested.
These are not as popular in our country for everyday use as they are in Europe, on account of the dryness of the atmosphere causing the flowers to wither very soon. But there are many flowers which might be selected of more enduring character. The double white Bouvardia seems one of this character.
Referring to Mr. Walter Coles' article on the Chrysanthemum, it should read that the Chrysanthemum should be planted on the south side of the house instead of the north.
Few plants are more desirable for pot plants in windows than Ardisia crenulata. The holly-like berries are really beautiful. Cotoneaster Sim-mondii is equally beautiful, but not so well known.
There are already double Dahlias and single Dahlias so-called, but this doubling is simply the enlargement of the disc petals. A real double is now offered in England. The disc florets have smaller ones inside their little cups. It is called " Double floret Dahlia".
This is a new introduction in England. It is said to be a sport from Vesuvius, and to be of the color of Jean Sisley, with large white eye.
At the recent meeting of the Pennsylvania State Horticultural Society, Mr. Brenneman, florist of Harrisburg, had a fine collection of Chinese Primroses, of the Rupp improvements. They are of many forms and shades of color, and a decided improvement on the old stock.
At a recent meeting of the Montgomery Co., 0., Society, Mr. H. C. Smith stated that pitch tar was found to be more dangerous than coal tar to keep insects from injuring the bark of trees. This is very important information, as the general belief has been the reverse.
At the recent meeting of the Pennsylvania State Horticultural Society, a member contended that bees could not, from the structure of their mouths, penetrate the skin of a grape, unless the fruit was cracked, or in some way injured first. The evidence, that where flowers were scarce, bees did immense damage to fruit, was conclusive, and that bunches were always saved when enclosed in' paper bags, seemed to prove that the bees did all the damage.