This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
F. H., New Bedford, Mass. The plant you send is the common European Wall Flower. It is scarcely hardy in this country, and is therefore neglected; but it is an admirable plant for window or greenhouse culture, and we are glad that our correspondent has given us the chance to say this good word for it.
California having distinguished herself in seedling pears, has turned to the apple, and the "Cook" is at least one which is likely to mantain its value. It was raised by David Cook, of Sonoma, and is said to be just the thing for long keeping in the California climate.
It is said that the practice of grafting the peach on the plum, is coming into increased favor in the South.
The Canadian Horticulturist says that the peach yellows has made its appearance in one or two orchards about Grimsby, Canada.
This is the Medicago maculata, and is said to be popular in the South for pasturing, as it keeps green during the winter, when the Bermuda grass, Cynodon Dactylon, is dormant.
This new English variety, is said to yield under ordinary garden culture, thirteen large peas to one pod.
This variety is an improvement on the old sort, as far as shape is concerned, it produces round roots near the surface of the soil, but the yield is very small, and for the present it can only be considered as an amateur plant, which cannot be recommended for general cultivation, until by improvement, more prolific varieties will have been obtained. Vilmorin, Andrieux & Co., of Paris, have introduced it to notice.
The Journal of Forestry, tells us that an "able" paper was read before the Scottish Arboricultural Society, by C. S. France, of Penicnik, but the editor concludes his notice of the paper by remarking that the only thing known about it, is that "the disease has long been known," and that "a knowledge of the cause or predisposing causes, and the best means for its prevention," is still desirable.
At a recent meeting of the Scottish Arboricultural Society, Mr. Gorrie, made the good point that in "his opinion too much importance was attached to measuring the girths of older remarkable trees, whilst the measurement of young and growing trees, by which more really useful arboricultural knowledge could be obtained, was neglected".