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 Gardeners' Chronicle truly remarks that we hear and know comparatively little about historical trees beyond the circumstance that they are said to be very old (not unfrequently twice the age they really are), and that they are also of immense size. The marvel is that people are not far more wonderstruck with the appearance of our forest giants than they are. With trees, as with men, few they are which escape the hundred and one casualties incidental to tree life, hence the comparatively small number of trees, however favored, that attain to old age and great size.