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.
Why not have a department of the Monthly for "Notes and Queries?" The following may do for a commencement:
A fine large Marechal Neil Rose was sent to a lady this season, and proved so remarkably heavy that when it faded she had the curiosity to count the petals, and there were two hundred and eighty-two.
The Contemporary Review for April, 1879, quotes the Journal of the Linnean Society, Botany, Vol. XVII, No. 98, on the subject of carnivorous plants, and says: " The fed plants were able to produce nearly two and a-half as many seeds and nearly four times as great a weight of seeds as the unfed. In only one respect was the advantage on the side of the latter, the unfed being slightly taller, but only in the proportion of 99.9. Similar researches have been recently carried out in Germany, the only difference being that the plants fed on insects instead of roast meat, but with the same result of proving the power of some plants to assimilate previously elaborated protoplasm with such advantage to themselves as to produce more and larger seeds and bigger roots." The entire article is highly interesting as well as instructive; it gives credit to our American observers, Canby, Curtis, and Mrs. Treat. If this notice seems to attract attention it is hoped the whole article may be reprinted, containing as it does the latest news on these interesting discoveries.
A gentleman known to us, who lately presented the Philadelphia Park with ten thousand evergreens, had the satisfaction of seeing a barbarian hitch his horse and deliberately proceed to fill his wagon with limbs of Hemlocks for the Easter holidays. Where was the patrol and Mr. Price ?
Will some one tell us what Agassiz meant when he told the astonished citizens of Boston that "in a certain family of the Radiates every female always married her grandfather?"
When will botanists be able to inform us how it comes that if we plant half a field with sugarcane we shall produce sugar, and the other half planted with the olive will produce oil ? There was no sugar and no oil in the ground. Do not writers on Botany rather shirk the topic ?
The attention of the Agricultural Department of the Government was called to the article which appeared in the Monthly on planting the Cork Oak. Can any one tell us if the acorns were planted ?