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 Moss roses are all of a very hardy nature, and bear a degree of cold equal to 20° below zero, without protection. They do not, however, bear so severe pruning in this climate as they do in Europe. We have often-er than once had a part of our own stock divested of all their blooming shoots in our absence, merely because "that's the way we do in Europe." Keep the shoots thin, and allow all the plants, if possible, to reach three feet above the ground. Some of them make fine pillars, such as Adelaide, Wm. Lobb, and Alice Leroy. Not a few of them, however, are miserably poor in regard to their mossy character, and even size, color, and shape of flower.
We do earnestly impress upon purchasers that a small plant established in a pot is much better for transporting than a plant from the ground, whatever may be its size.
Some of our readers will remember that it is about twenty years since we, when on the subject of the rose, predicted a perpetual blooming moss. We now cheerfully offer Salet, or Alfred de Dalmas, as the subjects. - Buist's Catalogue.
A Hanging Basket, suitable for the drawing-room or piazza, is represented by the accompanying cut. It is made of wire, and any one accustomed to work in that material may imitate the example here given.
Mr. Editor: - Will you say to some of our eastern book-makers, to give the lists of fruits adapted to this region a place in their volumes?
We are struggling hard to bring the subject of pomology into proper consideration before the people of the north-west, and some signs of life and activity are beginning to manifest themselves. Yours, Pubs. "Herald" and "Fruit Culturist".
We are pleased with this indication of attention to a subject that deserves more care than it has yet received. Each section of country must have its local information; it is time lost to endeavor to enforce lists of fruits as adapted to all parts of our great varieties of climate, and aspect, and soil. From the labors of local societies, and individual exertions, must come our results. Heretofore a few positions in this country have given the law of the land. We do not blame the authors of this so much as we regret that they alone should have taken the lead in the way of their own interest Now that the information we have collected is diffused abroad, and intelligent cultivators are taking up the topic everywhere, light will be more diffused, and dependance upon single climates will be ignored. In this direction we are pleased to notice new efforts; among these is the " South-Western Culturist,'1 mentioned in our list of "catalogues received," by N. C. Goldsmith, of Lancaster, Wisconsin, who goes into the subject of fruits for that important region with a zeal and knowledge that must produce good.
In the Grant County Herald, Lancaster, Wisconsin, we also notice that attention is drawn to the subject, and we wish all success to every similar movement.
In the same paper, we find the following in a communication on the subject of pruning:
"I have delayed sending this a few days, hoping to get time to offer a few thoughts upon the deleterious effect of trimming apple-trees to get the top up higher than a horse's back, so as to plough under them. Many a tree gets its death wound by trimming off large limbs, and at the wrong season of the year. There is nothing to be gained by such a course. It retards their growth; they do not bear as soon; violent winds are more apt to turn them out by the roots or break them down; fruit is more apt to be blown off before ripe, and if it should remain on until ripe, not so convenient gathering it. But the greatest objection to the plan of trimming up so high is, it renders them more liable to be killed by hard winters. And for a handsome tree, give me one with a trunk two feet long.
I have a few long-shanked trees left in my orchard yet, that I planted out before I knew any better; but they are dying every year, and when they are gone I shall replace them with low ones, and never be guilty of setting such again. B. F. Young.
The South-Western Culturist says of dwarfs: "We unhesitatingly advise all to avoid dwarf trees, unless they wish to experiment with something that may never yield fruit enough to pay for planting. Within a few years past, millions of the various dwarfed trees have been raised and sold; and yet it is doubtful whether any person into whose hands this little volume may fall, knows of a single instance in which any considerable number of them, taken together, ever paid cost.
"It now begins to be admitted that they make sickly, short-lived trees, and poor bearers. These remarks apply especially to dwarfed pears".