This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
Joe. Culver, (Royalton.) Sow the seeds in a pot in February, if you have a green-house, or in March if you have a hotbed. They will come up in a fortnight and flower the next year. There can be no doubt that beautiful hybrids may be raised between Tigridia conchiflora and T. pavonia. The roots of Tiger flowers are such tempting morsels to mice, that you must keep them burled in sand or shut up in a box, as well as out of the reach of frost, or you will lose them.
A most striking novelty, introduced by Messrs. Veitch from Costa Rica. In habit it is after the type of other Tillandsias, but its beauty lies in the wonderful coloring of the foliage and flowers. When in a young state, the leaves are of a deep amber color, with distinct veins of red. As the plant advances in age, the leaves turn into a rich scarlet, which increases until the time of flowering. The flower spike, thrown some 8 to 10 inches above the foliage, is surrounded by scarlet bracts. The flowers, which are produced in clusters, are of a rich golden yellow color. The contrast of the scarlet and yellow renders this a most distinct and valuable plant for decorative purposes. The under part of the leaves are amber-colored, likewise richly veined with red. It is sold in London as high as £5. At the Ghent International Exhibition, 1873, it received first prize as best new plant.
All readers of the Agriculturist will remember Tim Bunker and his talks with the farmers of Hooker-town ; all will acknowledge the wholesome truths of his practice and advice then given. These papers have now been collected in a neat volume of 810 pages, and put forth to the reading public by Messrs. Orange Judd & Co., the enterprising publishers of the Agriculturist All those who have a piece of land to cultivate will receive much information and a good share of amusement by a careful perusal of the book.
Recognizing the vast importance of a subject of so great a necessity to our Western people, we will hereafter devote special attention and considerable space in each number to Timber Culture, and particularly its profits, as inducements for general planting. We invite correspondence and articles from all Western arboriculturists or planters. Any notes, small or large, will be acceptable.