This section is from the book "The Gardener V3", 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.
Monochaetum ensiferum, a beautiful greenhouse plant.
Your specimens did not reach us till the 16th, and were very much dried up. 1, Cannot recognise; 2, Adiantum assimile; 3, Adiantum trapeziforme; 4, Adiantum coccinum; 5, Adiantum setulosum; 6, Habrotham-nus elegans; 7, Cannot recognise. 4 and 5 were so shrivelled up that we cannot be certain about them.
If you will turn to page 574 of our volume for 1880, you will there find a special notice of the very liberal prizes you are offering for fruit at the Edinburgh Show, 1882. In our March issue you will at page 135 see notice of your Manchester prizes for next September.
Your specimens arrived all broken to pieces, and we cannot recognise them.
No. 5, Sericographis Ghiesbrechtiana. We cannot undertake to name varieties of florist flowers.
Summer-cloud can be supplied by Nurserymen - at least we have no difficulty in getting it from them. It is excellent for shading.
Send your name and address, and we will give you our opinion of the Grape you have sent.
Your Marechal Niel Rose seems to be growing too strong to bloom well. Remove some of the rich soil, and replace it by poorer, in which there is mixed some old lime-rubbish, and we think it will bloom with you. Do not prune it too close.
You cannot do better than you propose, but it should be done immediately.
You should have put Gros Colmar Vine in your Muscat-house, and the Duke at the warm end of your Hamburg-house. At the setting period the former requires quite a Muscat heat to do it really well, and the latter a little more warmth than is necessary for Black Hamburgs.
A most desirable border-plant, growing to the height of about 18 inches, and clothing itself in the early summer months with large white and purple flowers.
The 'North Otago Times' reports that the captain of one of the harbour steamers, having a small piece of Damaru stone aboard, put it into the furnace, where it was shortly reduced to a fine powder - the purest lime. He used this for whitewashing the funnels, which it rendered dazzlingly white, and he found that the coating stood better than any he had ever used before, without peeling, it being almost impossible to remove it.