The Horticulturist, like the "honest angler," is a great weather watcher. It may therefore be interesting to compare the present hard winter, and its effects, with similar seasons in former years. This I have an opportunity of doing, by referring to the records of the Secretary of the "Cincinnati Angling Club," for the past twenty-six years.

Besides recording the exploits of the "brethren of the rod," with their finny prey, it was made the duty of the Secretary to take careful notes of the weather.

In duration of cold weather, the winters of 1830-31 and of 1831-32, will compare with the present, and, in severity, the month of February, 1835. The cold weather commenced on the first day, and continued throughout that month with but little intermission. The 6th, 7th, and 8th, were intensely cold days. The thermometer was' down to 17° below zero on the 7th. This was the coldest day in this vicinity, since 1797, until the present winter, when the mercury fell, on the 9th inst., to 20° below zero, in an average of observations within ten miles around the city.

In 1831 and 1832, the peach and early cherry buds were killed; both were bad fruit years. In 1835, the peach, cherry, and many of the pear buds, were destroyed; and, in some localities, the peach-trees, and finer variety of cherry-trees, were killed. The orange-trees in Louisiana and Florida were killed down to the ground in 1835.

Most of the peach buds, and the buds of the finer variety of cherries, are destroyed; and, in some instances, the young trees.

It is reported, that in some warm situations, where the grape buds were swelled prematurely in autumn, that they are also killed. But I think the grape, apple, hardy pears, and plums, and the Morello cherries, are safe yet.

R. Buchabak, Cincinnati, 22d of January, 1856.

The Weather #1

Up to the time we write (April 21), the weather, throughout a large district of our country, has continued unusually odd. Snow fell on the 17th, at Louisville, to the depth of four inches. On the first of April, the Pride of China was in full flower at New Orleans, and the forest-trees were in nearly full leaf on the 4th; a cold wind from the north set in, and, on the 5th, there was a heavy frost that injured the corn and perhaps the sugar cane about New Orleans. At Natches, on the 6th and 6th, the heaviest winter clothing was a necessity; this winter weather accompanied us up to Philadelphia by the land route. On the 12th, the thermometer at Montgomery, Alabama, stood at 44; on the 14th, in the higher regions of Georgia, it was 42; on the 16th, at Augusta, fires were necessary in every house, and wood was in great demand; at four o'clock in the morning of the 17th, at Wilmington, N. C, passengers who stepped hastily from the cars, slipped down on a very heavy frost, which covered everything like a mantle of snow. The fruit in this large region of country is materially injured, if not entirely destroyed. Pears, at Atlanta, as large as ripe beans, were entirely frozen, and black. Further north than Washington, fruit was not so forward, and escaped this visitation.

We are yet to hear the result to the sugarcane; cotton, in most of the Southern States, was not generally up, and so far escaped. The West and Southwest has suffered, but the disaster, we trust, is not so great as we witnessed in the "sunny South".

On the 19th and 20th a severe northeast storm, accompanied by heavy snow as far south as Pennsylvania, and consequently a depressed thermometer, swept over a large district of country, and placed people in a state of despair; the fruit buds hereaway were somewhat injured, but generally they were not so much advanced as to leave us without hope that many are safe.

The Weather #2

On this fruitful topic, we may say, that up to June 22, we hare had, in this region, a truly rainy season, such as many believe exists in the tropics. There have fallen, up to the above date, in the past month, 7.01 inches of water; and, in May, we had 6.43 inches, making nearly thirteen and a half inches in two months - notwithstanding which, the prospect of fruit continues good. Strawberries have been abundant and dear. Cherries were injured with the wet, and rotted on the trees. The summer and autumn fruits promise well.

In May, 1855, rain fell to the depth of 6.53 inches, and in June, of the Same year, 8.07; in July, 6-50. In 1855, this great amount of rain was followed by an arid summer, which it may be well to provide for the coming season.