Squirrels And Larch Trees

It is said on what appears to be sufficient authority, that in some parts of Scotland, squirrels do not confine themselves to seeds, but eat bark, and are particularly destructive to the trees in May and June.

The Great Growth Of The Willow

E. S. Carman, editor of The Rural New Yorker, writes: "The following note, upon which you comment, was taken from Rural New Yorker, of recent date:"

American Grown European Larch

A Wilmington, Del.' correspondent of wide experience amongst timber trees, writes: "My experience with the Larch as to its durability coincides with your views. In a trial a few years ago, I found it hardly more durable than White Pine of the same age".


The Scientific American with its "compliments," and we are glad to be remembered by so good a paper, sends us a preparation from tar, under the above name, of which the smallest particle dropped into water, will take on many singular forms and colors. It is a pretty amusement, not only for small children, but for children of larger growth.

Cupressus Mcnabiana

This was named in 1853 by Mr. Andrew Murray, in honor of Mr. James McNab, the well known curator of the Edinburg Botanic Gardens. It came from Northern California. Mr. McNab died on the 19th of November last, in the 68th, year of his age.

Mrs. Almira Lincoln Phelps

The Illustrated Annual Phrenology for 1879 has a good portrait and account of the life and services of this distinguished and very successful teacher of botany, who, though now in her 86th year, is still hale and active.

Mr. F.W. Poppey

This excellent landscape gardener has returned from an engagement in California, and is now at Orange, N. J., where those who love beautiful gardens can address him.

Mr. De Niedman

Our young and energetic botanical correspondent,Vladimer De Niedman, who spent some time last year in Philadelphia, is now exploring the wilds of Australia. The last Summer was spent on the Burdigan, where he narrowly saved his life from the natives, suffering severely from thirst in his escape. He was at last accounts naming and sorting his specimens at Brisbane, and was to start again as soon as the season opens for the "Humpybong".

Mr. Alfred Bridgeman

This gentleman is president of the Newburg Bay Horticultural •Society, which has prospered under his management.

The Temperaments

By D. H. Jaques, M.D. New York, S. R. Wells & Co., publishers. An interesting feature is the numerous portraits of distinguished people. Price $1.50.