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.
There seems to have been a satiety of double flowers. From double Dahlias the public taste has dropped to single ones; and the latest rage is for improved single Chrysanthemums. They say some of them are very beautiful.
A general meeting has been called by the executive committee, to be held in Washington, D. C, on the 7th of May, at 10 o'clock, in the rooms of the Department of Agriculture.
At the meetings of the New York Horticultural Society, a public sale is held at the close to dispose of such articles as the exhibitors may not care to take home.
This rose is as popular in the old world as with American florists. It was raised by a French florist, M. Guillot, in 1869.
Lespedeza bicolor - as the Desmodium ja-ponicum or penduliflorum is now called, is not two colored that we can see, but its grand purple blossoms make it one of the showiest autumn flowering perennials ever introduced. It has a woody habit, though dying annually to the ground.
A correspondent sends to a contemporary a very interesting sketch of gardening about Harrisburg. We are told that the species of trees are so numerous on the Capitol grounds that the "florist" in charge intends soon to classify them; and among them is a fine mahogany tree - the only one in the country - and much more of the same kind. It is to be hoped that those who read this will not regard it as anything more than the belief of the person who wrote it.
A correspondent of the Florida Dispatch, referring to the note on Hovenia dulcis in a recent number, says the Gardeners' Monthly does not say where Mr. Bracken-ridge found the plant hardy. Mr. B.'s place is at Govanstown, near Baltimore, Md.
This is a new silver-leaved edging plant, native of Siberia, and commended by M. Andre in Revue Horticole.
The Deutsche Garten Zeitung gives illustrations of the common crab cactus, Epiphyllum truncatum, grafted on the Pereskia aculeata, which shows it to be a first-class stock for this species. The plant is growing in a large tub, but the head is at least four times the size of the tub, and the stem four times the height, and there are some hundreds of flowers open on the plant. It must be a rich sight to see, and have taken many years to grow.
In American towns and cities there is but a comparatively limited demand for window plants from the florists; but in the Old World growing plants for window culture is a very important branch. The different variegated forms of Japan Euonymus are particularly popular. The Gardener s Chronicle says that one firm at Islington grows 100,000 of these plants for the London market alone. It is found to stand smoke very well.