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.
Editor of Horticulturist - Dear Sir; I send you, this morning, per American Express Company, a sample of an apple cultivated a little in this vicinity, and less known in other places. It is called Philip Rick, from the farmer on whose land the original tree grew. It has been introduced by name to one or more nurserymen, and it now figures in several catalogues as Philip Rick, King Philip, and Jonathan, from Jonathan Hasbrouck, of Kingston (the name of its introducer to the late Judge Bird). It ripens about Christmas, and deserves a more extended reputation and cultivation. I regret that the samples sent were not more perfect, as they should have been, notwithstanding the imperfection of our apples this season. Yours, etc, H. H. Reynolds.
[This variety has been much esteemed wherever known. Downing described it thus: "Fruit, of medium size, regularly formed, roundish, ovate, or tapering to the eye. Skin, thin and smooth; the ground, clear light yellow, nearly covered by light red stripes, and deepening into a brilliant or dark red in the sun. Stalk, three-fourths of an inch long, rather slender, inserted in a deep, regular cavity. Calyx, set in a deep, rather broad basin. Flesh, white, rarely a little pinkish, very tender and juicy, with a mild, sprightly flavor, evidently of the Spitzbergen class. November to March."It is a desirable kind for culti-vation, and Mr. Reynolds has our thanks for bringing it to notice].
Columbia, S. C. Mr. Editor: I like this place surpassingly well. Columbia is certainly one of the most beautiful rural towns in the United States. The Camellia, Pittosporum, Gardenias, Magnolias, all the new Pines, Firs, Spruces, Thuyas, etc, are here perfectly hardy, and very common in nearly every garden in the place, and nearly every dwelling has attached to it from one to four acres of ground under the protectorate of accomplished gardeners. There is a Magnolia grandiflora here sixty feet high, with a top whose diameter exceeds seventy feet - a perfect colossus of arboricultural beauty. I saw a Cryptomeria Japonica, twenty feet in stature, an Auracaria Imbricata, twenty-five feet high, a Cedrus Deodarii, thirty-two feet from the ground to its extreme apex. Roses are in great profusion, flouting their beautiful heads from miles of hedge, exulting, in balconies and parapets, enshrining cottages, and making nature generally exceedingly gorgeous; in fact, it is just the place to locate a paradisaical garden.
As soon as I can steal a little time from my present labors, I will send you a description of some of the beauties which make me love - or, as the poet sung: - "A wood coeval with himself he sees, And loves his own contemporary trees".
I tried to purchase the Horticulturist here, but it wasn't to be had.
Yours, cordially, C. Reagles.