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.
A correspondent of the London Journal of Horticulture says that numbers of the old typical form of L. longiflorum have been foisted on the English public for this. He procured some genuine from America and planted them with others, and finds the L. longiflorum var. Harrisi the first to bloom - L. Takes-ima, identical with eximium next, and L. longiflorum, the typical form, last.
Mr. A. Brackenridge, sends the publisher cut flowers of a dozen different species of orchids, showing how great a variety may be had even at this season of the year. Dendrobium thyrsiflorum, having its pretty orange colored flowers in bunches, like a Wistaria, was particularly striking.
Mr. William Fraser, Baltimore, Md., says: "The question was asked by 'Epiphyte'in January number of Gardeners' Monthly if Cattleya Gaskeliana had flowered with any of the orchid growers in the United States. I have at my store, 91 North Charles Street, a plant of it in bloom, very beautiful, - pale lavender, with purple lip, and beautiful yellow throat, margined with white. Have you heard of any other plant in bloom?"
[' Epiphyte ' has since flowered it. - Ed. G. M].
In the case with most insect pests, it is found that some parasitic insect, or some other natural provision, arises to keep down the intruders. And with the phylloxera it is found that from some cause they are not as formidable as they once were. At least 1883 made a better showing in France than any year since 1879.
This very good variety was a chance seedling, found in a cranberry box near Hammonton, N. J.
This year's experience shows this variety to be earlier than the Turner, and appears to be dependable under many varying conditions, which is a good point in a popular fruit. Some varieties are very local in their tastes.
This is pronounced by those who have seen it, a good acquisition. Though a hermaphrodite it produces equal to the most famous pistillate, and unlike the prolific Albany seedling, is of good flavor. At the suggestion of Col. Wilder, the raiser's name. Parry, has been adopted for it.
"W. P. B.," Christiana, Pa., asks: "Has there been anything better than hellebore found to destroy the currant worm? Is air slacked lime of any practical use when dusted on the plant?"
[Lime is no good. Hellebore powder is still the most approved remedy. - Ed. G. M].