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.
The following is a remarkable instance of a pear-tree living two years without putting forth a leaf. A young rider-tree of the sort called Poire Belgee (?) a kind very much resembling the Beurre Ranee, was planted early in January, 1857, against a south aspect of a twelve feet high brick wall. Its roots were carefully mulched over with short stable litter, and they were frequently supplied with water during the warm summer months. The tree had been growing vigorously the previous year, supported apparently principally by two roots which had penetrated into the ground and had been cut rather too short in removal, leaving but a few small fibres round the collar of the plant. No perceptible attempt was made during that warm summer to put forth a leaf, and it was removed the following winter to be replaced by another, the bark being still green. I had it planted against a wall with an east aspect, where it remained through the second summer in the same inactive state. A graft taken of it on the 19th of June last is now putting forth vigorous buds, and a graft taken from it last week will, I feel confident, be attended with the 6ame success.
I had it replanted against the same wall a short time since, and it has now more the appearance of swelling its buds and still growing than it has had for the two past seasons. Instances of plants living through one season and growing the second are not unfrequent, but I have never heard of one surviving a second year with a chance of growing. - J. W., in Gardener's Chronicle.
It is reported on good authority that the Indian Council has commissioned Mr. Clement Markham, a relative, we believe, of the Earl of Ellenborougb, to proceed to South America, for the purpose of procuring seeds and plants of the various kinds of Cinchona, or "Peruvian bark " trees for transmission to India - an operation demanding not only great energy, but a very considerable amount of practical knowledge in gardening, as well as much botanical experience.
At a late London exhibition of Pitcher plants, Messrs. Veitch and Gedney exhibited splendid collections, in which were noble examples of latana, Hookeri, laevis, Raffleaiana, distilla-toria, ampullacea, vittata, and others, all of which excited much interest.