Host Plants Of The Mistletoe In England

Mr. James M. Pulley, Boston, Mass., writes: "Seeing you are interested in the host of the mistletoe, I beg to add my mite. I have seen the parasite in England growing on the poplar, linden, apple hawthorn, maple and pear. On the poplar, apple and linden many times, on the hawthorn several, and on the maple and pear a solitary instance each".

Grammatical Errors

We do not know that the haste with which a magazine has often to be gotten out is any excuse for errors of this character. One of our correspondents points out that the gender of Setaria viride, at page 15, is wrongs it should be Setaria viridis; and the orthography of Ribes oxycanthoides should have been R. oxy-acanthoides.

Clover And Grass Seed

The English market is largely supplied with these from the United States.

Origin Of The Noisette Rose

We do not know that Philip Noisette, the Charleston florist, who in 1815 sent plants to his son, Louis Noisette, in France, ever had any more idea of its origin than that it was an accidental production, - but Boitard in his Manuel Complet de l'Amateur des Roses, published in 1836, states, though probably a mere supposition, that it was a cross between Rosa indica and Rosa moschata.

Virgin's Bower

One of the misfortunes of English names to plants is, that those who use them, in time drop them for others. There is nothing stable about them. We are reading an excellent paper in an English publication, on their wild clematis - Clematis Vitalba, and a full list of the common names is given. We have Travellers' joy and Old man's beard among them. Yet the last is a comparatively new name, while the good old one of "Virgin's Bower" is omitted.

Modesty And Taxation

In America a man is "assessed," - in England he is "rated," and the Gardener s Chronicle says:

"American nurserymen, it is alleged, cannot understand why their British colleagues should complain about being over-rated. Americans are not quite so modest, but perhaps they do not realize that taxes follow on this sort of appreciation on this side of the Atlantic".

And after all it is about the same here, - a man is not much appreciated unless he has something worth taxing.

Sheppard Knapp

The New York papers announce the death of this gentleman, who, over a quarter of a century ago, was eminent as an amateur horticulturist, and was president of the New York Horticultural Society at that time. He had a fine country seat at Babylon, Long Island.