Sharpless Seedling Strawberry

In the admirable Descriptive Catalogue of Fruits of Ell-wanger & Barry, just received, there is a beautiful colored plate of the Sharpless Seedling Strawberry.

Bonne Du Puits Ansults Pear

We are not sure that we have the orthography of this new fruit correct, and even if we have we would suggest that the barbarous thing be sent back to be re-christened, feeling sure that it cannot travel with this huge tail. We were about to throw it out, but the aroma plead for it, and so we tasted it, and then felt the more pity that such a remarkably fine fruit should be saddled with so much dead weight. We are indebted to Ell-wanger & Barry for our taste of it.

Pears In The West

An Indiana correspondent, writes: "I have a fine crop of Pears. Among the new varieties, the Mount Vernon is fruiting the second time, and promises well, to say the least. Bartlett, however, is the standard, or rather most popular, but as it has to compete with a heavy Peach crop, it does not bring a very good price. Apples a fair crop. Grapes poor".

Catalpa Coffins

A correspondent suggests that on account of its durability, this timber deserves the attention of cabinet makers and undertakers.

Native Place Of The Mignonette

It is now stated in the Gardener's Chronicle that no one has gathered the Mignonette truly indigenous anywhere.

The English Sparrow, And Seeds And Fruits

"Maryland" asks: "Can you tell me positively whether the English sparrow will eat seeds and fruit?"

[Positively they will eat seeds. We have no knowledge of their eating fruits. There is no-particular reason why they should not, for the robin is an insectivorous bird, but yet keeps a longing eye on our Cherry trees. It is likely these birds are all of one stripe, - a mixture of good and evil. - Ed. G. M].

What Is A Weed

A writer quotes Ralph Waldo Emerson as defining a weed to be "a plant whose use has not been discovered." If this be Mr. Emerson's, he had better try again, for a weed is not a plant the use of which has not been discovered. Numberless weeds, and vile weeds too, have very good uses.


A correspondent of the Gardener's Chronicle, is puzzled over the pronunciation of this word. He has heard it pronounced "Cle-mattis, " "Clemaitis, " and "Clemawtis, " and does not know "which is which." It is very singular that he does not seem to have heard of Clemma-tis which is the correct pronunciation.

Snow Plant Of California

The California Horticulturist for September, gives a colored engraving of this singular plant, Sarcodes san-guinea. It is of a blood red color "like a shoot of Asparagus, " and is sometimes found growing through a thin stratum of melting snow in the Sierra Nevadas, whence its common name.