This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The Revue Horticole says that it has been regarded in France as impossible to graft apples on pears, and a successful attempt is regarded as very remarkable. In this country they have been found to unite fairly well, but the apple is short-lived on the pear stock, and therefore the fact has proved here of no practical value.
In Virginia these seem at home, and are fruiting finely at Norfolk. At the Brambleton nurseries trees bore freely last fall. Some have been produced near the town weighing 9 1/2 ozs.
As frequently noted in this magazine, Lima beans may be grown with long branches for stakes, much in the manner that peas are grown.
England has been considered especially the land of the pea, and it seems strange to find American varieties have a popular run there. Bliss' American Wonder was well thought of, and now Bliss' Abundance, seems likely to be as successful. It is said that one hundred pods have been gathered from a single plant, and one with sixty-seven is on exhibition in London.
We understand that Commissioner Loring will call together persons interested in Forestry to meet in Washington about 15th of February, but at this writing we have no authoritative date.
A correspondent desires to know whether the cultivation of willows for basket making is now carried on to any extent in this country, and if so, where? and also would be glad of any other information in relation to the subject.
De Candolle inclines to the belief that the apricot, like the peach, is a native of China; that it spread thence at the time of the first Chinese embassy to the westward, about 100 B. C, and that the specimens found growing wild in Western Asia and the adjoining countries are probably escapes from cultivation.
This magnificent herbarium, in species and specimens, is probably double the size of any in this country. We do not know the exact number of species repre sented, nor perhaps do those in charge, but it probably approaches three-fourths of all known. The number described in the whole flora of the earth, is believed to be about 100,000.
It is said that it has been found that a truly surprising yield of alcohol has been obtained from the melon.
It will be a pleasure to all our readers to know that Col. Wilder still continues in excellent health, notwithstanding his advanced age. He presided at the annual meeting, gave the annual address, and was again elected President of the New England Historic and Genealogical Society on the meeting of January 3d.