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 is a new variety raised at Akron, Ohio, in 1871, and with some reputation in the West.
Mr. T. T. Lyon has prepared a catalogue of fruits of Michigan on the model of the one in use by the American Pomological Society. It is interesting to note that a large proportion of the most popular fruits of the State, are those equally popular in the East.
We wrote this Le Compte in our last because we were merely quoting; but Major Le Conte is the proper name of the gentleman after whom the Pear is named, and so Le Conte should be the proper orthography.
With a beautiful colored plate the Florist and Pomologist says that the variety was a chance seedling discovered by Nicholas Giffard, of Fonassieres, near Angers in France, and was first described in 1840 in the Bulletin of the Angers Horticultural Society.
Paragraphs go the rounds that American apples, and other American products increase so enormously in price by going through the hands of so many agents, as to make the growers' receipts appear like a single feather in the pound. But we see that American apples sold the past Winter in Covent Garden market London, at about three dollars per barrel.
The London Journal of Horticulture says that sparrows and other small birds, have been very destructive to the Gooseberry bushes during the past severe Winter in England.
According to Dr.Warder,as reported in the proceedings of the Montgomery County (0.) Horticultural Society, this fine flavored variety is unproductive in the West.
J. H. Parnell, West Point, Georgia, writes that he will probably have Alexander, Amsden, and Beatrice peaches ripe by the 25th of the month.
The forestry question is exciting as much attention in Japan as in America; and new forests are being planted in locations wherein it will probably prove profitable in comparatively few years.
The Journal of Forestry gives an account of some Douglass Spruces planted in Ireland thirty years ago that are now seventy-five feet high, and the stem at five feet from the ground girths four feet. In the same time the Menzies Spruce has reached eighty feet, and a girth of six feet. The Sequoia gigantea from which so much was expected, suffers from the same fungoid attack which has made its culture in the United States impossible.