Our Portrait Of Mr. Hovey

Col. Wilder, in a letter brim full of enthusiasm, received but a few days before the news of his death says he was delighted to see our portrait and sketch of Mr. Hovey in the December number. "You have done him justice and he is worthy of what you have said. As a pioneer journalist and practical cultivator he has been a benefactor to our cause, and it is proper that this record should be made where it will live long after all of us shall be buried in the bosom of mother earth".

A Horse Sod Cutter

"J. W. McG.," Orange, N.J., writes: "I saw an advertisementin the Monthly some years ago for a sod cutter that you can put a horse to. Will you please let me know who has it for sale?"

[ We have not seen any further notice of this invention than was given in the paragraph referred to. If any reader can give additional particulars, we shall be very glad to have them. - Ed. G. M].

Abelia Rupestris

A correspondent kindly notes that in the article on "Abelia rupertris" at p. 323, there is a typographical error, rupestris having been three times repeated rupertris. It is remarkable that the proof reader made the threefold error.

A Yellow Queen Margaret

It is said that a China aster with pale yellow flowers, has appeared in France.

Coal Gas In Greenhouses

If there is a leak in the flue coal gas will get through and damage the plants, unless there is a good draught. To get a good draught be sure there is a clear fire on the ash pit. When there is a bright light on the ashes below, there is usually a good draught. Those who understand firing are careful to keep the coal free from the bars by frequent stirring. Good gardening is well shown by the manner the greenhouse fires are looked after.


These require to be kept growing freely, in order to have the best results. They do not like great heat, and are grateful for a little shade. Red spider is apt to be troublesome to them.

Statice Holfordi

This is recommended by a correspondent of the American Florist, as a useful plant in small quantities for cut flower purposes.

A Fine Lilium Candidum

Mr. C. J. Power, of South Framingham, Mass., sends a photograph of the common white lily, which has 22 expanded flowers, and 13 unopened buds. It was from a forced specimen flowering in April, 1886. This must be the banner plant, at least we never knew of one to beat it.


Mr. L.J. C. says: "I have great success with Callas, in keeping them in stoneware butter crocks filled with the following: Four inches broken charcoal, then rich earth mixed with fine charcoal dust to within four inches of the top, then water. In a large crock 12 or 14 inches high, the stalk grows three inches in diameter. I give you this bit of experience, for every woman who keeps plants wants a blooming Calla".