(See Frontispiece).

We have lately been several times thwarted in getting up our monthly frontispiece. We had the Creveling grape, but that was destroyed by fire. We had also the Emma Cheney Dahlia, but that too was spoiled. We had, again, a plate of Dailledouze's Seedling Carnations, but the original drawing mysteriously disappeared just at the moment our colorist wanted it. We are patient, but somewhat mistrustful, and hardly know whether it will be safe to say that we have Rogers's Hybrid this month, till we actually see it in print. We feel a deep interest in these Hybrids, not only as setting at rest the question of the practicability of crossing the native and foreign grape, but as introducing a class of grapes which may hereafter prove of great value. They will also furnish a common ground where the champions of foreign and native grapes may meet in peace. Mr. Rogers's modesty has kept him altogether in the back-ground, and the results of his experiments have not been known and appreciated as they deserve to be. The field of hybridizing grapes has thus far been exclusively occupied by Mr. Rogers and Mr. Allen, and worthily occupied.

We hope they will both continue labors so auspiciously begun.

Our frontispiece scarcely does justice to No. 4; the berry is nearly of the right size, but the bunch is usually larger, and often shouldered. "Infant" grapes are seldom or never shouldered; shoulders are the result of age. No. 4 is a cross with the Black Hamburgh, and shows it quite distinctly. We have only seen the fruit of this and one other of Mr. Rogers's Hybrids, but he considers it one of the hardiest and most productive of them all. Mr. Wilder, who is familiar with the whole collection, describes No. 4 as follows: "Color, dark purple; clusters large, frequently with shoulders; berries large; flesh tender, sweet, vinous,rich. An early variety, and perfectly hardy." We should be glad to know that these grapes had found their way to every section of the country, in order that their hardiness may be thoroughly tested, for on that will depend in no small measure the value of these very interesting experiments in hybridizing the grape. We have learned with a good deal of pleasure that Mr. Rogers has crossed his Hybrids with the Muscat of Alexandria, the Frontignans, and others, and that some of these seedlings will fruit the coming season; thus we are in a fair way of soon learning how far hybridizing may be carried with profit.

An important object to be kept in view, is the working in of sufficient native stamina to enable the vine to withstand the vicissitudes of our climate without becoming a prey to mildew and other fell diseases. In any view of the matter, however, these experiments are full of deep interest.

Rogers's Hybrid #1

We have already figured this new grape in a previous number, with a description of it by a Boston friend. We have lately received some fine clusters of No:

15 from Mr. Rogers, taken from young vines; two of them are much larger than the illustration. Mr. Rogers says in his letter: "These were grown in the garden of Mr. Wm. Harrington, of this city, (Salem,) who resides about half a mile from me. His vine has been out four summers, and last year produced a large crop, he having permitted it to bear all the fruit it then showed, which many thought would injure the vine so that it would produce no fruit another season; but this year it came out fuller than ever, but was not permitted to bear but one bunch to each shoot; about two hundred and fifty were thinned out, leaving to ripen about one hundred and fifty bunches. There were several as large and heavier than the largest now sent, and none have been grown by girdling, which I consider spoils the quality of the fruit, though adding greatly to the size. * * * Mr. Harrington planted his vine (a small one in pot) about three years and a half ago in the common soil of his garden, without any prepared border, and not in the best position, being on a close board fence, facing nearly east, very little to the south, and having a Concord vine in front, which shades it somewhat; but the No. 15 is a week or ten days earlier, and nearly twice the size of this Concord in a better position, and more eatable than Hartford in the same garden from the earliest period of ripening".

We have watched the progress of these Hybrids with much interest, as marking, in connection with Mr. Allen's hybrids, a new era in grape culture. The question, as to whether the native will cross with the foreign grape, may now be considered as settled. It ought never to have been mooted. All of the Rogers's Hybrids that we have are good growers, Nos. 19, 3, and 15 being the strongest. Tiny little vines put out last spring have made from 8 to 22 feet of good wood, under fair treatment. In regard to the fruit of No. 15, we find the bunch to be large and handsome, the color, however, a little dull. The berry is also large, and, with a few exceptions, quite round. The skin is thick, and only a little tough. The flesh is soft and tender, but not melting, with some toughness at the center; it is also sugary, a little juicy, and somewhat buttery, like the Concord, but with less of the native flavor. It is also less musky than the Concord; and this will grow still less with age and culture. The flavor is pleasant, but not vinous or spicy. The after taste is not so rough as the Concord, Isabella, or Hartford Prolific. It is a good grape, with distinct characteristics, and, if sufficiently early and hardy, (which seem to be pretty well established,) will prove of value as a market fruit.

We hope Mr, Rogers will continue his experiments in hybridizing till he gets a grape of the size of No. 15 with the vinous spirit and purity of the Delaware. We append a pomological description:

No. 15

Bunch, large, moderately compact, shouldered. Berry, large, round, a few slightly oval. Color, dark claret, with a thin bloom. Skin, thick, somewhat tough, with some native aroma. Flesh, soft, sugary, moderately juicy, somewhat buttery, with some toughness at the center. Flavor, pleasant, but not vinous. Quality, very good.