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.
Sericiculture is now the fashionable name for silk culture; Dendriculture for tree growing; Fragariculture for the strawberry; Solanituberosiculture for the potato, and Znidroykstchantsthantzuidkleiniculture for we do not know what.
Mr. Charles Downing, though advancing in years, is yet actively engaged in pomological usefulness, and has just finished revising a new edition of the above work, which has been issued from the press. He has also issued a third appendix to his large work, "Downing's Descriptive List of all Known Fruits." This brings the work down to 1881.
A Nova Scotia correspondent says: "If you can spare a line to thank Ernest Walker for his paper, I should be glad. I feel from experience that he teaches sound doctrine. There is nothing like fresh air. The article on p. 267 will pay any practical rose grower to read over several times".
This body, organized at Chicago last year, will have its first annual meeting during the last week in August, 1885. John Thorpe, Queens, New York, is President; J. M. Jordan, St. Louis, First Vice-President; M. A. Hunt, Wright's Grove, Chicago, Treasurer, and E. G. Hill, Richmond, Indiana, Secretary.
A circular giving the aims of the society has just been issued, and may be had of the officers.
I lately saw a row of young trees set out, boxes placed around them and each tree kept in position by a piece of old hose being nailed to the top of the box, passed around the tree and nailed again on the same side, then another piece used in the same way on the opposite side. Hose seems better adapted to this than wire, as it gives as the tree grows. West Philadelphia.
Though with some objection from a slight propensity to sucker, the Aralia spinosa, or Angelica tree, sometimes known as Hercules club, is one of the most effective shrubs for a group on a lawn to be viewed from some distance. The thorny stems are surmounted by huge fern-like leaves, which in August are crowned by a mass of greenish white, mist-like flowers, which crown especially attracts the eye for a considerable distance.
A rather coarse weed most people suppose this to be, but when in cultivation it is one of the showiest of strong growing herbaceous plants. The flowers, like small sun-flowers, are orange colored and continue in flower from early in July to the end of August.