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 is pleasant to note that the increase of the taste for orchid growing increases as we learn how simple their culture really is. At a recent meeting of the Ger-mantown Horticultural Society a very beautiful collection was exhibited by Alexander Young, gardener to Mr. R. S. Mason; and the reports of the New York, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts Horticultural Societies, show them as frequent beauties on their exhibition tables.
We have some photographs of these beautiful grounds which give a better idea of the details than mere language can do. What a pleasure gardening would be if all who followed it would throw so much intelligent enthusiasm into the profession as Mr. Robertson does.
Attempts to cultivate these in English gardens failed till the plants were watered with sea-water, when they flourished.
Benzine, such as printers use for cleaning forms, etc, will effectually destroy the life germ of rose buds, or for that matter, any kind of buds usually found growing under glass. It can be applied with a camel's-hair pencil, and is not objectionable or offensive, as the smell quickly passes off. St. Louis, Mo.
Fuchsia Sanderi is much valued by florists in England for cut flower work, though with some objection that it fades sooner than a good cut flower ought to do.
"J. G. D.," New York, desires an opinion of a new seedling Bouvardia, a sample of which he sends. It had been caught in the frost, or got too dry or something. On opening there were only a few black fragments of something which had been.
"New subscriber," Baltimore, Md., has a plant named Ara-lia crassifolia, of which he sends a specimen. It is Phyllanthus nummularoides.
"Subscriber" writes: "If any of the readers of the Monthly have had any experience in the cultivation, and successful flowering of Cantua buxifolia, will they please give me the benefit of it; and where can a plant of Escallo-nia macrantha be obtained".
A correspondent queries: "Do you know whether Abutilon insigne is in cultivation in this country, and if so, where can it be obtained? All of our florists to whom I have applied know nothing about it".
The Riverside (California) fruit growers recently voted to destroy the whole apple crop next year in order to totally eradicate the codling moth, which has settled among them. A subscription will be made in the uninfected districts to compensate the more unfortunate in their sacrifice.