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.
By J. D. Carmody, Evansville, Indiana. This is full of very valuable facts and suggestions, from which the most experienced plants-man may derive some profit.
"Indeed, my dear," said Mrs. Benjamin Franklin Smythe to her visitor, "you most assuredly missed a ray churchy spectacle in not beholding the Christmas Anthems at Fair-mount Park last winter. Nothing like them has appeared since the wonderful Roaring dandies which were sent from England to the Centennial, or the chawming Horse Leeches which Landscape Gardener Miller employs to make his beds of Moses".
A Sweet-scented Pentstemon - is one of the novelties reported as having been found by Mr. J. C. Lemmon in Arizona this season.
There is a species of hop indigenous to Japan, and very much resembling ours; but it is an annual and has other points of difference. It has been named Humulus Japonica by Siebold, and has recently been introduced into French gardens, where it is regarded as a very ornamental plant, according to Revue Horticole.
A plant of this species, sent us by Messrs. Schultheis, of New York, last year, flowered freely this summer. It is quite different from the English Dog Rose, or the Sweet Briar, and is an excellent addition to a collection of wild roses.
The Bulletino della R. Societa Toscana di Orticultura gives a colored plate of this beautiful Amaryllidaceous plant. It has much of the habit and general appearance of the well-known Atamasco lily, only the flowers are of a deep blue. It is named Tecophilaea cyano-crocus, the specific name translated literally meaning "blue-crocus." It is a native of Chili, and possibly not hardy in the more northern parts of the United States; but it would make a lovely pot plant.
An Illinois lady writes that she has prevented the spread of disease among clematis by putting a small quantity of Pyrethrum powder around the collar of the plant. She believes this to be an infallible remedy for preserving these plants in robust health. It will be an extremely valuable discovery should it prove everywhere so successful. The clematis disease is very much against the popularity of these beautiful things.
This plant, which adheres to its support just as the trumpet vine or evergreen ivy does, is well worth culture, even though it never flowered. It is one of the most beautiful of its class; but now we have it in flower from Mr. Peter Henderson. The cymes are large and white, not much unlike the highbush cranberry or elderberry blossoms, and these give it a much greater interest.