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.
It appears they find the same trouble, in getting Lilium auratum to do well in England, as we do in this country. A correspondent of the Journal of Horticulture says, that notwithstanding the enormous importations from Japan every year, the plant is unfrequent in those parts. From our experience we believe they are not planted deep enough.
At the December meeting of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Mr. Edward Hersey notes that nothing in the way of evergreen hedges stands the salty atmosphere and keen sea breezes better than the Red Cedar, and this corresponds with our own observations.
The Old Worlders are fretting over the barbed wire fences. Very good, they say; but they injure stock and tear everybody's clothes. They will have to do as we are doing - set a rapid growing hedge plant when they fix their wires, and let them both interweave and grow in together. The wire will be there to keep the animal from getting through, and remain there though posts rot away - and the animal will be warned by the hedge not to tempt the line too much.
"Year by year, in the pleasure grounds at Kew, or elsewhere in the shrubberies, this noble-looking plant throws out its immense panicles of flowers," says the Gardeners' Chronicle. It has been found hardy near Philadelphia.
A rosy variety has been introduced from Japan. It is regarded as a great improvement on the old pale pink kind.
This is found to force fairly well by the New York growers. Some have had them in bloom by New Years.'
They are trying in England who can raise the best gladiolus. One man asserts that he had fourteen flowers open at one time on a single stalk, and dares others to beat that if they can.
Mr. Wood tells the Massachusetts Horticultural Society that even the Concord grape fails to ripen once out of every four or five years in New England, and therefore earliness is one of the leading essentials for a grape for that section.
This much dreaded pest of the grape grower has at length found its way to Australia. It has been found on the roots of some grape vines there.