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.
"F. G." says: "I see that a correspondent from Buffalo, New York, says that the Spanish chestnut is not hardy there, as he imported a few plants and for two successive seasons they were killed. Even here I have found young plants killed to the ground for one or even two seasons till they make a strong tap root, after that the shoot which it pushes up is as hardy as any tree can be. I have a notion that it would be quite as hardy at Buffalo as at Philadelphia".
The Nut pine is Pinus edulis, and is the poorest of its class, the timber being worthless, even for wood, and the crop of nuts small. They are, however, pleasant to the taste, nutritious and wholesome, and a great favorite with the Indians of the Sierra Nevada, where the tree most abounds. On the steep hill sides they place a log across the hill under the trees just as the cones open, then whip the trees, the nuts rolling down towards the log where they are easily gathered up.
A correspondent says: "The native walnut of Southern California is inferior, both as a nut and a timber tree, but the so-called English walnut is quite likely to flourish where the native tree grows. The walnut is very profitable when planted under suitable circumstances. Walnut orchards in Santa Barbara and Ventura, but ten years old, are yielding an annual profit of $10 to the tree. They require a deep, rich, warm soil, such as is suitable for corn".
Many supposed species of roses now prove to be but varieties of others. A correspondent of the Journal des Roses shows that the Rosa polyantha, of Siebold and Zuccarini, is only a single-flowered form of Rosa multiflora, described by Thunberg in his Flora Japonica.
M. Carriere, in a recent issue of the Revue Horticole, says that he is not yet fully satisfied that his new La Plata potato, which he named Solanum Ohrondii, is the same as the old S. Commersoni, as recently determined by Mr. Baker. He also believes that the kinds brought into prominent notice recently by Mr. Lemmon, are distinct from the La Plata kind.
A correspondent of the Journal des Roses says that all plants about Havana are associated in some way with the Roman Catholic type of theology, and that the Coleusgoes under the name of the Virgin's Mantle, chiefly from the beautiful purple of the parent species, Coleus Blumei. The Coleus seeds freely there, and there are now over 200 varieties of it recognized as distinct, in the Island of Cuba.