This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
In a recent ramble through the Southwest it was pleasant to note the increased attention given to pretty farmers' gardens everywhere. There is no doubt the tree peddler is in many cases an unmitigated nuisance, yet once in a while there is a compensation as there is in most evils, and one of these is that he does carry some idea of gardening into far away regions, where otherwise the voice of garden culture would never be heard.
Colonel Wilder has placed in the new, large conservatory of Hon. Francis B. Hayes, President of Mass. H. Society, one-half of his extensive collection of plants; these to be known as the Wilder collection. Many of the plants, especially the large camellias, are twelve to fifteen feet high, and fifty or more years of age.
This and its cousin the Tulip tree, do not always move well. Many trees under such circumstances, do well if "shortened," as gardeners say. But these do not like even this, as they seem to have much difficulty in forcing new buds through the bark. But they like thinning out. If half or two-thirds of the branches be thinned out, and the remaining left without any shortening, they grow as easily as any other tree.
Dr. Masters has recently-shown that the species named some years ago, Abies Alcoquiana is an older known kind - A.
Ajanensis. The name will therefore have to be dropped, and it will have to be now known as Picea Ajanensis. It proves very hardy in Pennsylvania. Dr. Masters says that the white under surface of the leaf is really its upper, only for a curious twist in the leaf, the under surface is brought on the top.
This loudly praised composite fell sadly into disrepute a year ago in this neighborhood, but on further trial this year has reclaimed its good reputation, and even those who were disgusted with it last year speak most favorably of it now.
Recently a fire occurred in the Mayor's office in Philadelphia. On examination it was found that the floor joists were but a "few inches" above the heater. As it did not take fire last year, or the other year, and so on back, how it did so now is deemed "unaccountable." We fancy the readers of the Gardener's Monthly understand it.
This very old flower, blooming in the midst of winter without much forcing, has been very much improved in Europe of late; and its several varieties are now popular in that country for winter cut flowers. Botani-cally it is the Helleborus niger.