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.
This beautiful blue hardy herbaceous plant, which, under the name of Salvia Pitcheri has been occasionally seen in American gardens during the past ten or fifteen years, is being "brought out" by European growers, and will no doubt now become as popular as it deserves. The English and French magazines say it is a native of Mexico, but it is also of the United States, extending to Southern Kansas.
A St. Louis correspondent says: "The P. pun-gens pleases me much, its bright green and moderate growth are admirable. Pinus Bank-siana is also a favorite with us; but the nurseries seem to have discarded it".
A correspondent writing from St. Louis says: "The Oregon maple has passed the Winter admirably at St. Louis where the thermometer was 8° below zero." This is also Philadelphia experience. It was a very good Winter for deciduous trees.
B., Cincinnati, O. A new leader can be forced from any coniferous tree by cutting in the side branches. Every fasciculus or bunch of pine needles, and indeed every single leaf on a spruce or fir, has a dormant, though generally invisible bud in the axil, and these can be forced into growth by preventing side growth, and are so forced by skilful gardeners.
Under cultivation all we ever saw of Magnolia Norbertiana, M. Alexandrinae, and M. Soulangeana were exactly alike. Can any one tell whether there are distinct kinds under these names; and if so how are they distinguished ?
Mr. Edward Pynaert in L' Horticulteur Belgique, says of Lobelia lutea:
"The introduction of this pretty little plant, will be hailed with pleasure by all amateur florists. It is a sister to the charming blue Lobelia erinoides, but the flowers are golden yellow, or brilliant orange, and a little larger than its blue relative. It continues in flower from June till Autumn. It will be a precious plant for carpet bedding, as yellow flowers are scarce".
Mr. John Saul has introduced this famous English Rose. Writing to the English Gardeners' Chronicle, Mr. Charles Noble says of it:
"Queen of Bedders can be seen in unwonted beauty at this moment. A bed twenty-five by fifty feet has 22,500 buds and flowers upon it. It belongs to the Bourbon class, color a rich glowing crimson, very double, and blooms from early Summer up to frost".