This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
In the February number of 1877 is a statement from the Country Gentleman, that the Wilson's Early Blackberry is not hardy much farther north than Philadelphia; and your statement that you supposed it as hardy as the Lawton. The Wilson's Early Blackberry is about as hardy here as the Lawton; but both are killed about every other winter. The Lawton may be a little hardier, but generally, when standing side by side, the canes of the Lawton have been killed whenever the Wilson Early has been destroyed.
I notice also an inquiry from a subscriber here, about the Highland Hardy Raspberry, asking whether it is an old berry with a new name. A gentleman near here, who cultivates the Highland Hardy and Kirtland, declares that there is no difference between them. As he procured his plants of Highland Hardy from Rev. E. P. Roe, on the Hudson, I presume they are genuine. I have not seen this gentleman's plantation, but saw the Highland Hardy in fruit last summer, and compared it with the Kirtland, and think there is a difference. The large berries of the Highland Hardy are somewhat conical, while the Kirtland is always round. It has been claimed, too, that the Highland Hardy is identical with the Elm City. I have never seen the Elm City, but as William Parry, of Cinnaminson, N. J., has cultivated all three without discovering their identity, I am inclined to think they are distinct. One fruit grower here has ploughed up his Highland Hardy plantation after three years' experience with them. He said that he could not make them produce vigorous canes. I presume the foliage failed during summer.
There is one thing remarkable in connection with this berry, and that is that the party who could furnish evidence of its producing a thousand dollars per acre, had plants for sale at $4 per thousand, a lower price than any berry plants - old or new - are offered.