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.
Of this beautiful tribe of plants much has been said, and the great beauty of the far-famed Guernsey Lily is a recognized fact, but it has sunk into comparative insignificance by Nerine Fothergilli and vanusta. The vivid vennillion of the one is exquisitely beautiful; whilst the last, when contrasted with the original, is a larger flower and of a much more brilliant rose-color - the flowers have the appearance of being spangled all over with gold dust when the sun shines upon them. The varieties all thrive well in a light sandy loam, and require encouragement and protection during the winter months, with an abundance of air, so as to perfect the development of their foliage. - A. H., in Turner'* Florist.
"Lancaster, Wisconsin," says the South-Western Culturist," alone, pays annually over a thousand dollars for green, and half as much more for dried apples, and an untold amount for cider and vinegar - to say nothing of other fruits consumed, most of which come from the States named; by which some idea may be obtained of what the villages and towns of this region altogether pay for fruit.
These fruits cost the consumer double or quadruple what they would if raised at home, because the speculator that buys up the article on the field of growth, the transportation companies, perhaps two or three wholesale and a retail dealer, must all realize their profit thereon, before these indispensable luxuries reach the table or palate of the masses in this vicinity. Two dollars per bushel is about the usual figure apples cost the dealer here, including freight during winter and spring. The orchardist in Grant county realizes over $1 00 per bushel for his poorest apples made into cider at the usual selling rates".