This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Under the name of Journal des Boses, a magazine exclusively devoted to the Queen of Flowers, has been started in France. We note that the editor agrees with us, and against the authority of the"books," that 'the true Eglantine is the Dog Rose, and not the Sweet Briar.
About cracking in Pears, several times I have known of its being radically cured by burying old rusty iron about the roots, or watering plentifully with copperas water. In fact, I have never known either to fail; though the cracking of Pears mentioned by your correspondents may be occasioned by some cause which cannot be removed by " Iron in the Soil".
The Garden has a colored plate of beautiful Asters. How wonderfully they have been improved. One of these flowers measures four and a half inches across. The Aster is an excellent plant for one to exercise skill in plant-growing on.
Everybody knows and admires the Chinese Primrose, but few know how beautiful it may be until they see the chromo issued by the Gardener's Chronicle of May 4th. The flower stem is a quarter of an inch thick, and the head, on which 16 flowers are seen, is six inches across. Each flower is one inch and three-quarters wide, of a rich crimson purple, and with a bright golden star in the center.
A double Abutilon is a great novelty. We have Double Hollyhocks, Double Altheas, Double Chinese Hibiscus, all of the Malvaceons family, but one Double Abutilon that we know of under the above name. A Cleveland correspondent sends us a colored photograph of one which has retained the semi-double character for several years. The color, a rosy crimson, and is in itself a novelty.
They have a rivalry down South, as to who should have the first ripe peach. Samuel Rumph, of Marshall-ville, one of the Vice Presidents of the Georgia State Horticultural Society, secured the honor this year with the Early Amsden, on the 18th of May. That part of Georgia grows Peaches for Northern markets, enjoying a monopoly till the Maryland and Delaware orchards wake up to their work, which is about the end of July, so that the Georgia fruit-growers have a full six weeks to work.
"We have accounts of this berry from New Jersey this year, and on the testimony of some uninterested friends whom we have engaged to examine the plants in bearing, we have no hesitation in giving it the award of very great superiority. Of so many new things of which we hear, few last over a year or two, before we find there is nothing in them. We believe this promises better than any we have heard of for a good while.