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.
Have any of oar correspondents this new and elegant flower! One is recorded in Norfolk (England), eleven feet in height, "having; twenty flowers upon it" - the first leaf only thirteen inches from the soil; below this, the stem is ornamented with the leaves of four strong offsets. - Some of the largest leaves, including the stalk, are thirty-two inches long, sixteen inches without the stalk, and as much across.
Mr. G, C. Thorburn, of Newark, N. J., planes us under obligations for a box full of pleasant novelties in the way of Dahlias that " challenge all Germantown" (they might easily do that, for the Dahlia has gone a little out of fashion hereaway), numerous Chrysanthemums, Petunias, Fuchsias, and Pelargoniums, the Salvia lillieana, and the Cuphea exinens - all of which we shall cherish, and report upon in due time. The manner in which Mr. Thorburn"s plants arrive, is always satisfactory; they look as if they had been packed by a lady's hand, so neatly are they potted and labelled; and, withal, so safely packed, that those jolters - the express-men - seem to have no power over the prisoners.
A Propagating Pot, which may be new to some, was shown lately by Mr. Deans, of Scotland. It is of ordinary form, with a large hole in the bottom; over the latter fits an inverted earthenware funnel, perforated all round to the top, on which is a knob which stands above the material with which the pot is filled. Tills affords complete drainage, and pulling up the funnel by the knob brings the cuttings and soil with it unbroken, thus affording means of examining the state of the roots as often as it may be thought desirable to do so. This pot has been used, we believe, with success in Scotland.
The New Grapes, Golden Hamburg and Bowood Muscat (for the grapery), which we have frequently noticed, are advertised, in this number, as for sale by Mr. Buist. They have, we think, a justly high reputation, and one, at least, of each should be in every large grapery.
The advertisement or Mr. Merhan's seeds, also deserves attention.