This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
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A correspondent sends us for an opinion, two flowers of a Carnation, packed in dry cotton ! All flowers should be sent in damp moss. We are sorry to say that all-we could tell from the dried flowers was that they appeared to have been of a very pretty crimson shade of color.
This Illinois variety, a seedling from Lum's Everbearing, is commended by Tyler McWhor-ter of Aledo, a reliable gentleman who says that while he would plant the Doolittle Blackcap for an early crop, he would replace the Mammoth Cluster by the " Sweet Home," as it is larger and firmer, and the plants have a more stocky growth.
After all the endeavors to popularize different apples in Western New York, the bulk of those we see in various markets from that region, are Baldwin, Rhode Island Greening, Spitzenberg, and Northern spy. The two last bring slightly better prices.
Though not of the highest quality, Mr. Hooker says these apples find a ready sale in Western New York.
A correspondent of the Gardener"s Chronicle notes that the same variety of Pear does not ripen at the same time in the same place in different seasons. He says the Beurre Clairgeau "will not be fit for use this month (January) as usual." In the United States it is voted as not fit for use any month, - though there are many struck by its beauty who try to use it.
This, the great pest of the Western grape grower, is not believed by Mr. Bateham to result from weakened or diseased vines. He has come to this conclusion after a very wide experience. His observations tend to show that the rot follows peculiar hygro-metrical and thermal conditions, which will act unfavorably on normally healthy vegetable tissues. We believe Mr. Bateham to be wholly correct.
Californians say, on healthy Quince stocks they can often get this pear to weigh half-a-pound. We fancy no one in the Atlantic States ever saw one this size.