Abies Reginae Amelle

A correspondent of the Gardener's Record says that in Greece this species will sprout up and form a new tree after the trunk has been cut down, and that it is the only species of Conifer that will do this in that country.


A correspondent writes that he has "crossed Amaryllis Johnsoni, and Richardia Aethiopica, and last week planted four perfect seeds." The families to which these plants belong are so very widely separated that it is more probable that the seed-bearing plant, in spite of all care, received some of its own pollen. Still, as our correspondent has the seed, let him by all means wait and see what it comes to. It takes two or three years of very good growth to flower a seedling Amaryllis.


Miss B. asks, " can the Beech tree be struck by lightning?" We are almost sure we have read somewhere of an authentic case of a Beech being struck by lightning. There is really no reason why it should not be liable, and doubtless people in Indiana, or other States where the tree is abundant, could give instances within their own knowledge.

Robin Hood Plant

J. G. D., King of Prussia, Pa., says: - "I wish to know if there'is a plant called Robin Hood. Have been informed that it is used by florists in the making of bouquets".

Gall on the Wild Cherry Leaf. F.McM., Fair Haven, N. J., writes:"Would you please inform me through the Gardener's Monthly, what it is, and what causes the growth upon the Wild Cherry leaves enclosed ?" [These are pouchlike galls, made by some small fly in which to deposit her eggs. - Ed].

The Christmas Rose

" Sub" says: If " Reader" will look in " Brack's Book of Flowers," or Mrs. Loudon's"Companion to the Flower Garden," he will find the " Helleborus niger" or"Christmas Rose" spoken of. This is probably the flower he has seen mentioned in different papers. This plant is cultivated in some parts of New England with success. Chambens' Cyclopedia has an illustration of it under the article " Hellebore".

The First Horticultural Magazine

We have never seen a copy of the Magazine referred to by a correspondent in the following note:"Have you heard of the first Horticultural Magazine published in this county about 1831, by Mr. Dickshut, of Baltimore ?"

Fiftieth Anniversary Of The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

On the 21st of Dec, 1877, this Society celebrated its 50th birthday ,as already stated in our columns. This is the report of the proceedings on the occasion, and contains in full the address of Mr. J. E. Mitchell, giving a history of the work of he Society dining that time.