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.
If those friends in the old world who find comfort in popular names of plants had a whole continent to deal with, as we have, we believe they would soon tire of popular names, pleasing as they may be to some ears. Our nurserymen and seedsmen are nearly driven crazy by the number which spring up in every direction, and they in turn appeal for relief to the editor of the Gardeners' Monthly, who is powerless to help them. By this one mail we have three letters from these unfortunates. One has an order for "two bushels of evergreen seeds for cattle pasture. It is a kind of grass." Another wants to know if the " fruit bushes of the white briar can be had in any nursery?" The third, and she must be a highly educated lady, inquires for " bushes of the Paris de ponetta."As to the last, we hazarded the suggestion to our bewildered friend to send the lady a Pyrus japonica.