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.
Barbed wire strung on temporary cheap posts, and then some enduring living plant set out along it, make an everlasting fence. Such fences are growing into popularity. In the South the Macartney or Cherokee rose, is the plant preferred as the companion to the wire.
Hydrangea panicu-lata is rather a coarse shrub when at a near view, but it has a charming effect when seen at a little distance. Recently we saw an attempt at a combination with it which though by no means the best that could be made increased the beauty of the huge white flowers. Some tree Lantanas had been placed in the middle of a circle of the Hydrangeas, and around the Hydrangeas a lot of Petunias. It was a gay mass.
Most horticultural societies offer premiums for new plants, and the result is often a dispute as to whether the plant is new or not. Generally some one can be found who knows he has seen the article long, long ago. The New York Horticultural Society decided that a new plant is one that has not been exhibited before at its meetings. This is a delicate compliment to its own eminence, as well as setting at rest a vexed question.
"W. A. S.," New York City, writes: "In the Monthly you say Rosa Rugosa alba does not fruit with you. It does with me. Woolson says it does with him".
A plant sent to us under this name last year, proves to be a rich ornament to the flower garden. The metallic purple lustre of the leaves is unequalled by any that we have seen.
"W. A. S.," New York, writes: "Your N. Y. correspondent writes of Hale-sia tetraptera in Central Park. There are scores of them there. I never saw the tree further South but I remember an immense one in the Park - for our latitude. As I remember it, it is 18 inches in diameter of trunk. I have not seen it for a year and may be mistaken".
[Halesia tetraptera is rather common in gardens about Philadelphia. H. diptera is scarce, and H. parviflora wholly unknown. - Ed. G. M].
The Palms all being natives of warm climates, are necessarily slow growers, and in the case of Palmetto, or Chamerops, the woody, fibrous stipules, seem specially designed to protect the young leaves from injury through too rapid development and exposure to the hot rays of the scorching southern sun. I find cutting this tough, thready, stipular fibre around the stem allows the leaves to develop more rapidly, and greatly facilitates growth. New Albany, Ind., July 8, 1884.