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.
A short time since we saw, in a Western paper, a record of a trip among vineyards; Dr. Grant was one of the party, and it was stated that he, Dr. Grant, was the original disseminator of the Delaware Grape. We believe in rendering "to Caesar the things that are Caesar's," but we can hardly believe Dr. Grant could have seen this reoord, or he would at once have refuted it, and given to Mr. A. Thompson, of Delaware, Ohio, the credit, justly his due, of bringing the Delaware prominently before the public as a distinct variety worthy of their patronage.
Gladiolus and other tender bulbs should be taken up before any frost affects the ground. It is perhaps best to take them from the ground as soon as the tops die, dry them carefully, not in too strong a sun, and pack them in tight paper bags and lay away in a dry place free from frost. In some sections where the ground is dry and snow falls, and remains, before the ground freezes, they will often do to be left in the ground, but as a rule they do not flower as freely as when taken up, kept during winter, and replanted. So also in our Southern States they undoubtedly will do to be left in the ground; but even there it is always well to transplant in order to have good blooms.