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 many friends of this distinguished Australian botanist will be glad to learn that he has fairly well recovered from his long spell of illness, and is again at work energetically in his favorite pursuit.
Botanicus desires to know: "In a recent English periodical I read that country boys in England are in the habit of capturing bats by throwing the burs of this plant at them. The membranous wings of the animal become entangled in the hooked prickles, and it is thus brought to the ground. Can any reader of the Gardeners' Monthly tell me whether this is a practice with American boys? If so, it would explain one of the names by which the burdock is known in this county".
Mere lists of successful exhibitors, or the amount of money awarded to them, are no use at all to us; but if the the secretaries or others will send us notes of the special merits of the exhibits, or of anything that may be novel or excellent, it will be always a pleasure to receive them. Newspapers with such critical notes are also acceptable.
For some reason or other there has been quite a demand of late for this never wholly unpopular shrub. It is really desirable. It comes into bloom just after the earlier white flowering shrubs are gone, and the green leaves here and there among the fringy flowers give a pleasant relief. It is singular, also, that few people complain about its hard name, and it is quite as common to hear it addressed as Chionanthus Virginicus, as white fringe, even by very common people.
Our excellent contemporary, the Gardener s Magazine, says there are no species of Fraxinus east of the Rocky Mountains. There are more species east of the Rocky Mountains than perhaps in any part of the world, and there has probably been a slip of the pen somewhere, which is worth correcting.
We use the term, Asters, in the sense of representing the botanical family of Compositae. These are usually autumn or late summer flowers. But Erigeron bellidifo-lium, takes remarkably well to hardy herbaceous garden culture, and is very gay with its lilac-purple blossoms all through the month of May.
A correspondent of the American Garden finds the golden feather cedar hardy as far north as Halifax, Nova Scotia. It is certainly a very desirable evergreen.