This section is from the book "The Florist And Garden Miscellany". Also see: All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!.
A Packet of Seeds saved by an Old Gardener. Chapman and Hall.
We have purchased a dozen of this little ninepenny work, with the hope that its distribution may set others thinking as much as it has done ourselves. We are all apt to get into a habit of looking at things in one point of view, and it is well when a trifle of this sort places them before us in a fresh light. We should have been much better pleased had the writer's name been attached to this production; but this shall not prevent the expression of our hope that these seeds may be sown broadcast, and bear fruit abundantly in both masters and men. Our readers may like the opinions of others quite as well as our own; and coming, the first from a gentleman and large employer, and the other from a practical gardener, they may be considered, perhaps, as an index of the opinions likely to be entertained by the right-thinking portion of both sections. The first says, "Thank you most heartily for the ' Packet of Seeds;' I hardly know when I have had such a treat as this morning after breakfast; I could not leave, my chair until I had finished them, and then exclaimed, How I wish there were more !" The practical gardener observes, " The observations and hints recorded by the old gardener are well worth the attention of all.
Some of us that have roughed it through so much of the journey of life, have herein recalled to our recollection much we have known ourselves, or seen in others. I cordially wish all, and particularly young gardeners, to peruse this book, and to value the instructive lessons it contains." We would give an extract or two, but it is difficult to select, and we prefer (as the cost is so small) recommending all our readers to purchase it.
The present Number contains four plates of as many beautiful Roses, viz. Geant de Batailles, Eliza Sauvage, Archduke Charles, and Pompone de St. Radegonde. Both plates and letterpress are fully equal to the preceding Number, of which we have spoken so favourably.
Morning Rambles in the Rose-Gardens of Hertfordshire. By William Paul. W. and T. Piper.
In this little work our friend Paul takes us into the grounds of some of our largest amateur Rose-growers of his own county, which is justly noted as the county for Roses; for although there are other spots famous for the cultivation of this flower, like Curtis's, at Moor End near Bristol, Wood's, of Maresfield, Sussex, and many, many others, yet, for the queen of flowers, Hertfordshire bears the bell. The cultivator who may purchase this trifle will not have thrown a shilling away; though he will perhaps agree with us, that sixpence would have induced a much larger circulation.
Nurserymen and Seedsmen's Catalogues.
These have reached us in great abundance; and without alluding to any one in particular, we may remark in general terms upon the improvement observable in these publications. Of this our readers may judge for themselves by the samples stitched in our present and last Numbers. Competition is a famous thing for setting our wits to work; and he that would win the favour of the public in these times must be prepared not only to supply a good and cheap article in the way of plants and seeds, but also a considerable amount of useful information respecting them. That many of our catalogues are sadly overloaded, few will deny; and a considerable reduction might judiciously be made from quantity without at all impairing the quality of the collection that would remain. More care is also required in selecting seedling varieties for sending out; the distinctions must be much greater than they have been of late.
Taylor's Bee-keeper's Manual. Groombridge and Sons, London.
Tins is the fourth edition, " revised, enlarged, and additionally illustrated." Need we say more to recommend it to the favourable notice of our readers? We think not. Such of them as are apiarians will find much to interest them in its pages; whilst those who are thinking of commencing as bee-keepers will derive both profit and instruction from its attentive perusal.
Several pamphlets have reached us, descriptive of newly invented pots, tiles, etc.; but as we have received none of the articles themselves; we cannot notice them, having no experience of their merits.