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"We never found any difficulty in getting a good set on the laterals, and consider the sub-lateral system a mere waste of time. Your other question would take up our whole space, were we to attempt to reply to it. You will see some excellent papers by our contributor "The Squire's Gardener," on the subject, in our issues of 1872.
It is generally considered that the blue flowers of the Hydrangea are caused by the presence of oxide of iron in the soil, and peat impregnated with this mineral causes the blueness regularly. Your best way is to test several samples of soil.
By J. B. Pearson, Chilwell Nurseries. Journal of Horticulture Office, 171 Fleet Street, London.
This is a brief statement of what its author considers the cardinal points in Grape cultivation. His own success is guarantee for the soundness of the principles enunciated and the directions given. It is, of course, very elementary, but at the same time well calculated to be of much service to those who are seeking for information regarding the culture of the Vine.
We presume you are referring to M'Intosh's 'Book of the Garden.' It was published in 1855 by Messrs Blackwood.
The blooms of Double Cineraria, Mrs Thomas Lloyd, came to hand in good condition. It is by far the finest Double Cineraria yet offered, and cannot fail to be popular : the blooms are nearly 2 inches in diameter, globular, and of a rich purplish crimson.
Godetia Lady Albemarle; Collinsia bicolor; Nemophila insignis.
Just as the fruit is ripening off, commence to keep the border and the atmosphere of the house as dry as possible, and admit plenty of air to the house, at the same time giving no water to the roots.
Rake out as much of the moss with a sharp-toothed rake in the end of March, and topdress with a rich compost. This will cause the grass to grow more luxuriantly, and keep the moss in check. See that the lawn is not wet and in need of drainage.
What you describe is a common enough occurrence in the Laburnum. We do not know of any satisfactory way of accounting for it.
Royal George, Bellegarde, Violet Hatise, and Stirling Castle, are good forcing Peaches. We never publicly name tradesmen: you must see it would be invidious to do so. Any good nurseryman will procure the trees for you, if he has not got them in his own stock.