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.
One of the roost beautiful roses ever introduced was the Geant des Battailes, but it was a poor grower, easily mildewed, and has measurably disappeared from cultivation. The Journal des Roses gives a colored plate of a new one by Schwartz, which reminds us much of the old favorite, but is said to be a free and vigorous grower. If so, it will be a very popular variety.
At the January meeting of the New York Horticultural Society, a plant of a variety of this species was exhibited by Mr. Geo. Such, of South Amboy, which had eight fully-developed flowers from a single bulb. Can anv grower beat this?
A correspondent of the Journal of Horticulture has found equal parts of coal tar and clay, mixed with water until it is like cream, and applied with a brush, is certain death to mealy bug, and is in no way injurious to the plants, at least, hard stemmed ones, like grape vines.
If experience is any test of value, it may be of interest to say that Mr. C. F. Evans, of Frankford, well known in connection with the Francis Bennett rose, has given a second order for a. steam heater, being so well satisfied with the first trial. J. C. Wood & Bro., of Fish-kill, are, we believe, on their third introduction of steam apparatus.
A correspondent of a San Francisco paper says that the lilac forcers (which, > by the way, he translates literally, as " warmers of lilac ") of Paris get very fine flowers by pinching out all the leaf buds while forcing the plants, leaving the flower buds only to perfect. The plants are always thrown away after being forced, and new ones raised continually to take their places. A temperature of 750 is employed. Some 6,000 plants a year are sacrificed for Parisian cut flowers.
California seems destined to be the Paradise of emigrant insects as well as of fruits. The most recent trouble is with an Australian insect, under the name given above.
Prof. Maynard, of the Massachusetts Agricultural College, believes that much of the failure of the peach in New England comes from want of care in keeping out the peach borer, which works in the collar near the ground. No doubt much that is attributed to the yellows should be credited to the peach worm.
The strawberries forced by Mr. Paget, gardener to Senator Cameron, at Harrisburg, were again a source of wonder to those who beheld them. The plants were in full bearing all through March, and had from fourteen to nineteen magnificent large ripe berries on at one time. Aside from the merit of having choice fruit like this ahead of even what Florida can send us at that early season, is the great beauty which a strawberry house affords.