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.
The Gardener's Chronicle says that a good variety of trees and shrubs has been very much neglected in England in favor of even slight varieties of evergreens. This fact strikes most visitors to England after a visit to the leading American nurseries and private grounds. A collection of over a thousand marked varities and species of trees and shrubs, such as may be found in some American nurseries, has probably never been known in England.
Under the spray of the Boulder Falls in the Rocky Mountains, where indeed so much spray falls that one almost needed an umbrella, the writer gathered a small Mimulus native to that region, that was much more luxuriant than the same species gathered under other circumstances. There seems no doubt that the various species of Monkey-flower would make admirable subjects for fountain decorations.
The article by Mr. Fyfe, in another column, reminds us of the great improvement in these beautiful flowers since Mr. Fyfe introduced the well-known G. Fyfiana. Up to that time only the ones with horizontal and somewhat flattened corallas were known. He raised them with tubular erect corallas, a race which has continued popular to this day, and comprises some of the most beautiful of all in the class.
This variety is well spoken of in the West.
This variety seems to be meeting with praise all around.
The taste for tomatoes is increasing wonderfully in Europe, and American canned tomatoes have a great sale.
A correspondent of the Pacific Rural Press gives in detail an account of the pests of the California fruit grower; which are mildew on grapes, road animals, foxes of California, coons, squirrels, gophers, and birds. Of the last, it appears, swarms of robins come from the North and work havoc among the grapes.