This section is from the book "The Florist And Garden Miscellany". Also see: All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!.
Chapman and Hall. 1849.
These entertaining details of rambles through a land we visited in our youth have freshly recalled scenes fast fading from our recollection; and though but little will be found throughout the volume bearing upon our work as a Garden Miscellany, our readers will not be displeased at our making their mouths water by the following extract, which describes a garden in the Illawarra district: -
"The property of an enterprising man who was long the master of a trading vessel. Sailors always make good settlers. This garden is situate in a warm hollow, and the approach to it is by means of a rustic bridge thrown over a clear and rapid stream, into which droop the branches of a fine weeping willow. Passing the bridge, we enter an arbour covered with fuchsias, the double white moss-rose, and the bignonia. The garden-hedge is of lemon, laid and trimmed like a holly-hedge. On each side the middle walk, and fronting the visitor as he enters, is a mass of plantain-stems (here called the banana) full thirty feet in circumference, and, in the season, laden with fruit. The stems are about twelve feet in height, and from them depend the beautiful purple sheaths of the younger fruit. There are many plots of them about the garden; and a bunch of the fruit sells in Sydney for half-a-crown. On the sides of some of the walks are orange, lemon, and shaddock trees, the citron and the flowering almond; and, on the sides of others, standard peaches, and apricots, and weeping nectarines, with occasionally mulberries, and the finest varieties of pears. The squares are filled with plum, apple, cherry, and medlar trees.
There are two very fine walnut-trees, being amongst the first that have borne in the colony. Other squares between the walks, to the extent of three acres, are filled with vines in full bearing. Some of the orange, lemon, and citron trees are from eighteen to twenty feet in height, and have always two crops hanging on them, and often three. At eight or ten years of age each of these trees produces, in the course of the year, from one hundred to three hundred dozen. The pomegranates are in high perfection, and the hops are said to vie with the finest from Farnham. The ground is covered with melons in every variety; whilst the asparagus-beds would bear a comparison with those of Battersea, Fulham, or Putney. I must not forget to mention the loquat, raspberries, cape-gooseberries and filberts. In one corner of the garden, in a damp spot, grow the osiers of which they make baskets for packing the fruit. Every fruit is superior of its kind; and it appears that in this district can be grown, in the open air, all the fruits of England, with all those of a tropical climate, the pine-apple excepted but this succeeds, in the open air, at Moreton Bay. I must also except currants and gooseberries, which do not generally succeed in the colony, except on high table-land. In the stream is English watercress; and the hawthorn is grown in the garden as a memento of old England and her green lanes.
The walnut here bears in the tenth year, and the mulberry in the third".