This section is from the book "The Gardener V1", by William Thomson. Also available from Amazon: The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener.
The Amateur Gardener's Calendar, being a Monthly Guide as to what should be avoided, as well as what should be done, in a Garden in each Month. By Mr Loudon. Revised and edited by William Robinson, F.L. S. With numerous illustrations. London: F. Warne & Co.
About this useful work there is, as the title indicates, both a positive and a negative value. It is highly important to know what to do in a garden, but it is equally valuable to know what should not be done. This book gives very full and comprehensive rules for all amateur gardeners; and by means of Mr Robinson's valuable labours in revising the work, all that modern acquisitions have brought home to us is here presented in great part, either in the form of copious details or of suggestive hints. The preface states that "the directions given are chiefly adapted to the climate of the neighbourhood of London, but they are almost equally applicable in all other parts of the country, except, of course, at elevations where gardening is rarely and with difficulty practised." Amateur gardeners will find in this work one of the best books of reference they could have near them at all seasons of the year; and in addition to the mass of practical information relating directly to gardening, there is so much of incidental matter thrown in that the natural-history student especially could draw important aids from it. There are 370 pages of matter, interspersed with numerous illustrations.
It is nicely bound, and altogether well got up.
The Garden Oracle for 1870. Edited by Shirley Hibberd, F.R.H.S.
London: Groombridge & Sons.
That this useful yearly issue should have reached the twelfth year of publication is about the best evidence of the way in which it is appreciated. It contains very much of that particular information at all times so useful; and in addition to carefully-prepared lists of new fruits, plants, and flowers of the year, the editor has added valuable lists of selections of plants for 1870, a feature of much value to the amateur cultivator. In a characteristic postscript at the end of the volume, but which is really an amusing preface, the editor sketches the leading features of the book, and we need scarcely say it will be read by every purchaser.
Scottish Arboricultural Society Proceedings. This gives the proceedings of the sixteenth annual general meeting of the Society, held at Edinburgh on the 3d of November 1869, the office-bearers and members, the successful competitors, with the titles of the essays, in the late competition, and a list of subjects selected to be offered for competition during 1869-70. So closely allied to horticulture are the aims and objects of this flourishing Society, that what can we do else but wish it increased success?