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This much-praised variety has not come up to my expectations, though some of the berries are of fine size. I make some allowance, however, for the soil in which my plants are growing, and am in hopes a new plantation made this spring will do better. Flavor, very good.
Mr. Field: Ought to be kicked out. Mr. Judd: Set out 10 plants, increased to 600 first year and yielded 8 or 9 qts. of very fine berries. Flavor excellent. I shall plant it extensively. Mr. Lawton: Shall set out one or two acres, I am so well satisfied with it; grows finely on ground without manure. Cut off the runners. Failed in Philadelphia. Mr. Mannice: On ten feet by three, plenty of wood, not half a pint of berries; only two or three fine ones. Mr. Steele, N.C. Flavor fine as I had ever tasted; withstands drouth well. Mr. Cabot: Quality poor. Looks large and handsome. Mr. Pardee: No instances of a good crop north; flavor very poor. Mr. Frost: Only merit is its size. Dr. Ward: Does well in N.J. Have an exalted opinion of it; fruit more attractive than Longworth's Prolific and other fine varieties. Dr. Sylvester: Rampant grower, fair quality. Becomes mealy when the runners are allowed to grow.
A colored portrait of Mr. Peabody's Strawberry has been sent us, and may be seen at the publication office. Certainly this is the largest yet, and all accounts agree as to its size and beauty, etc, rivalling in flavor Burr's New Pine. It is a cross of the Ross Phoenix with a wild strawberry of Alabama, hermaphrodite in character, a hardy, vigorous grower; a single plant sometimes cannot be covered by a half-bushel measure.
Mr. Peabody proposes to get one thousand subscriptions, at five dollars per dozen plants. As soon as this number is made up, he will notify each subscriber (having first sent him a colored plate), when the money may be mailed, and the plants, in moss and oiled silk, will be sent safely by post; packages of a dozen will go through the mail as safely as a letter. Address Charles A. Peabody, Columbus, Georgia.
A very exquisitely prepared tin box, with breathing holes, reached us on the 9th of June, and proved to contain specimens from Mr. Peabody of his ripened strawberries. We can readily understand his remark, that the late frosts materially damaged this fruit, and curtailed its size, for we saw the results of the cold when recently in Georgia. Their flavor, beauty, and keeping qualities, were, however, uninjured, though they had travelled six miles from Mr. P.'s grounds to Columbus, in a wagon, three hundred miles thence to Savannah, and some eight hundred miles to Philadelphia, by steamship. A large party partook of these berries, and pronounced the flavor excellent, though, of course, disappointed with the size, from the cause above stated. It will require another year to enable growers to decide on that.