The spring opened unusually late over a great portion of the country. At Rochester the ground remained frozen till about the 3d or 4th of April; and in some parts of Western New York, much later. Snow banks were still seen on the 1st of May. In the early part of April the weather became very suddenly warm, almost a midsummer heat This was experienced very generally. It seemed as though we were to be at once transferred from the frozen regions of the north to the neighborhood of the equator. For a time people were quite alarmed lest their planting season should be cut short and their various improvements be frustrated; but a gladdening change came towards the close of April, and from that time to the present, (May 22d), the weather has been cool and vegetation has come forward at a moderate and healthy pace. The change in Western New York was accompanied with a hail storm which threatened to be teriffic, but did no very serious injury. We never beheld such black and angry clouds; between three and four o'clock in the afternoon we had to light candles so see to read or write; hail stones fell in some places four inches in circumference; windows were smashed and poultry killed; but it lasted only a few minutes.

Since that gust the weather has been cool, with frequent rains with occasional light frosts that have not done any harm. At this moment the country looks very beautiful and full of promise. Never have we seen it, at this season, look better in any respect, excepting Peaches. Apples, Pears, Plums, Cherries, and all the small fruits, promise the most abundant crops that we have had in many years. The drouth of last season, by checking the formation of wood, has brought even very young tardy bearing sorts into a fruitful condition. The old Peach trees in this State are dead. We travelled, a day or two ago, through the best Peach district in Western New York, and found thousands of trees rooted up and prepared for the fire. Young trees, as we predicted in a late number of this journal, are likely to survive; but the disaster is a very serious one. We know of single orchardists who have lost thousands of fine full grown bearing trees. We have not yet had leisure enough to prepare an account of the injuries done to many ornamental trees and plants usually considered hardy.

We subjoin a few notes from correspondents.

Col. Wilder adds the following postscript to a letter dated May 18th:

"The prospect for fruit is good, with the exception of. Peaches. Our Pears are now coming into bloom and look finely. Among the new sorts I notice Emile d'Heyst, Calebasse Fongard, Pius, IX Sur Reine, Beurre Wetteren, Alez Bivort, Madams Durieux, Vineuse d'Esperin, Men-Affre, Alexandre Dutillaul, etc, etc".

Mr. Chorlton writes from Staten Island May 10th:

"The last severe winter has not left us unscathed. Now that Peaches are beginning to grow, many of the branches are gummy from patches of injured bark. The hardy Hoses of all kinds are more or less cut on the ends of the shoots; this, however, will do no injury. Paulownia flowers are quite dead, but the trees uninjured. A Cedar of Lebanon here is almost killed, while the Deodora is not bo much as touched, and both are in the same situation. Our fruit trees generally are now in fine bloom, and to all appearance there is great promise of a plentiful harvest".

"Prospects for all kinds of fruit are most promising. Everything, more especially Cherries, is profusely lined with flowers. Peaches never bloomed more beautiful. The clear and fine weather was in favor for all trees efflorescent. Jacub Cocklin. - Cumberland Co., Pa".

"This morning (May 9th) closes one of the most terrible storms ever witnessed here since the 18th of May, 1884 Everything like leaf or blossom was frozen perfectly stiff, and yet the fruit has escaped, owing to the dense cloudiness and gradual thawing. Some Peach buds have fallen off but some will be left. In some instances Peach trees are full of blossoms here. Snow fell about eight inches and lay about two inches, taking leave at nine o'clock this morning. From my experience in meteorological observations, I anticipate no more injurious frosts. O. T. H- Randolph, Pa".

" 'M,' of Trenton Falls, states that fruit is entirely cut off here;' by which it might be inferred that all the fruit in Oneida county was cut off. Whatever the case may be on the north side of the Mohawk, it is by no means true as to the south side of the valley. As far as I can judge from the backward state of the blossom buds, fruit in this county bids fair to be more than an average crop. The Pear trees, in particular, promise an abundance. Young trees only five years from the nursery are literally covered with blossoms, and will, unless blasted by frost after this date, (May 13th), set the the fruit so prolific that it will be necessary to thin them out in order to get fair sized and perfect fruit The Apple promises equally as well, on the south side of the valley; and we are flattering ourselves that we shall be able to furnish a fair share of this fruit for the eastern market, as usual. Grape vines of the hardy kinds, such as the Isa-bella, and those equally hardy, do not seem to be injured in the least Mine were not taken down from the trellis, yet they are at this date bursting the buds all over the vine. The wood of the Grape vine ripened well last fall, which probably accounts for the flourishing state they are in this spring.

If any parts were killed, the winter pruning in February cut them clear, so that none of any consequence show this spring. I am inclined to think that all kinds of fruit cultivated in the open air will be found, in this county, to have gone through the winter with as little injury as in any former year. H. R. Hart. - Whitestown, Onsida Co., N. Y.n.

This is good news from Oneida.