If this beautiful plant is to be extensively cultivated in our fruit-gardens, and our market supplied with its berries, or even if confined to the grounds of the amateur, it should have some short and appropriate name, expressive, if possible, of its quality. The flavor is peculiar: it partakes of the Raspberry enough to make a marked difference from any of our Blackberries. It is so sweet as to be almost mawkish to some palates, while others are much pleased with this very peculiarity; and I think it may properly be called the Honey Berry, or Honey Blackberry. At all events, it will occupy a portion of the grounds of every discriminating amateur, in consequence of its several desirable qualities, and will be no less valued for the beauty and permanency of its foliage than its abundant yield of delicious fruit; for hedgerows it will present an impassable barrier, to be kept up at a small expense, and giving rich returns for all the labor bestowed upon it. When firmly rooted, each plant may be considered as permanent as a grape-vine; no suckers are thrown out from the roots; but, during the summer, long, trailing shoots are produced from the stock near the ground, and these the ensuing summer bear an abundant crop; after which the sap is no longer elaborated, its branches become desiccated, and may be removed in the autumn or spring.

Considering that the plant is as permanent as any tree or vine, I should recommend the same preparation of the ground as for favorite grapes or roost valued trees. My plants were, fortunately, set in garden ground trenched more than two feet deep, and highly manured. They can be trained upon a trellis or an espalier, or left to run upon the ground, or upon a stone or other fence adapted to the purpose. The growth of a single season, when the plant is three or four years old, is sometimes fifteen feet or more. These shoots are like a large whip-lash, tapering to the end, with many laterals. In regard to the best method of propagating this plant, nature points out one that can be readily practiced: cover the ends of the trailing branches with two or three inches of earth, after they have about finished their growth, say at midsummer, and they will be found firmly rooted in the autumn; the main branch may be separated and spread upon the trellis, or regulated in any way for fruiting. Virgil refers to toe Blackberry as a trailing shrub teaching the art of layering. Where a few plants only are required, this beautiful suggestion of nature should be followed, as the most convenient and inexpensive.

But the triumph of art for extensive cultivation is by root cuttings; these can be placed in a hot-bed early in the spring, and placed in pots or the open ground as soon as a stem and leaves are fairly formed. I do not think it can be propagated by cuttings as practiced with so many plants, but hope to be far better informed in regard to the nature and value of this "Honey Blackberry" at the close of another season, and shall be happy to communicate to my friend Mead all I can learn upon the subject, or to take instruction from him, if he will visit my grounds at the proper season.

From the peculiar flavor of the fruit, I should be induced to think this Blackberry is an accidental cross with a Raspberry. I hardly think it can be of French origin, but I am trying to search the matter out, and will let you know the result.

[Do so; we will try to help you, and let you know our mode of growing the plant. - Ed].