This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
These Proceedings will soon be ready for distribution, and, judging from some early pages with which we have been favored, the publication will be a great improvement on all the previous ones, not only in the value of the.material, but in its tasteful and excellent mechanical execution.
The State reports include Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Mississippi, Ohio, Missouri, and the District of Columbia. In all these reports we shall find much valuable information, which we must pick out as we get time. Mississippi we are glad to find among the reports, as we know so little of the fruit-growing capacities of that great southern region - say from North Carolina on the east, to the Mississippi, - embracing the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi. We therefore take the Mississippi report as the most novel and interesting document of the kind in the proceedings, and lay it entire before our readers.
Strawberries, it is said, continue in bearing through May and June. What surprizes us, is, that they do not ripen sooner, as Peaches are there ripe in June, and Apricots in May. Pears on Quince stock, six and seven years from bud, twelve to twenty feet high, and six to eight inches in diameter! Julienne Pears, eight ounces ! Bartletts, sixteen ounces Beurre Diel, twenty-four ounces White Doyenne, large and fine without cracking. Ckaumontel weighing a pound, sugary and melting! We have always said this Pear would do well in a warmer soil and climate than ours, and here is the proof. Mississippi beats the island of Jersey in the production of this famous fruit.
This report is encouraging to the south, and is calculated to open all our eyes in regard to the fruit-growing resources of the United States in the aggregate.