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.
Those who are conversant with horticulture will do well to pay a visit to this extensive plant establishment. In addition to the many thousands of new plants this enterprising company is forming a large collection of orchids and nepenthes, all of which are in remarkably fine health. There are to be seen some fine examples of Dendrobium nobile, which, with judicious treatment, can be flowered at almost any season of the year. D. formosum, D. Jame-sianum, D. Wardianum, D. thyrsiflorum, D. suavissimum, D. Findlayanum, etc., all making splendid growths, and many completed and put into their winter quarters to rest. The Cattleyas are also remarkably well grown, showing their many flower spathes for a good display of flowers next season. All the best varieties are grown, including the beautiful C. Warnerii, C. gijas, C. intermedia, C. Mossiae grandiflora, C. Skinnerii, C. citrina, C. marginata, etc., a long season of rest is very advantageous to these plants, causing them to flower freely and grow more vigorously afterwards. Cypripediums are also well represented. There are fine examples of C. Sedenii, a plant which, when established, is nearly always in flower.
A most beautiful hybrid raised between C. Schlimii and C. longifolium; good grown plants of C. Stonei C. niveum ; C. Harrisianum, another hybrid raised between C. barbatum and C. villosum, exactly intermediate ; C. candatum, C. Lawrenceanum, C. venustum, C. insigne, C. barhatum, all these varieties are well adapted for a warm greenhouse, as they are of easy cultivation, requiring a liberal supply of water at' all seasons. The remarkably handsome Cymbi-dium eburneum is just showing its flower spikes. The pretty small-growing Pleione lagenaria is in bloom. This is frequently called the Indian Crocus. Odontoglossum citrosmum, 0. Rossii majus, O. vexillarium, O. Roezlii, Coelogyne cris-tata, Oncidium Kramerianum, 0. incurvum, O. flexuosum, O. varicosum, Phalaenopsis Schilleri-ana, P. amabilis, P. grandiflora, and a large im portation of Laelia majalis, with numbers of others, are in such condition of strength and vigor as is not usually met with. A fine stock of the New Anthurium Andreanum, an extremely attractive plant when in flower. It remains in perfection for three months, rendering it a valuable plant; the cultivation required is the same as A. Scherzerianum, of which the Cincinnati Floral Company have a large stock.
To give the public some idea of the importance of this collection, this company was awarded at the Cincinnati Industrial Exposition of this year no less than fifty-two first prizes for plants. Their Crotons, Palms, Ferns, Pandanus, Musas, Marantas, Dieffenbachias, Caladiums, were grand objects of cultural skill, filling an area of nearly six thousand feet in the horticultural hall.