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.
Messrs. Editors: Last year, and the year before, that very good man Charles Downing sent me several Weigelas. Last year they flowered; and again, now, as I write, the dark red one is in flower - a beautiful thing, one or two weeks earlier than rosea, darker and richer in color, with its clusters or trusses of flowers covering every stem. Is it Groenwegenii? I suppose it is, and if so, let me say that all planters of shrub's should have it.
Another good thing he sent me was the Mountain Seedling Gooseberry, but I have almost failed in growing my cuttings of it put in last fall at same time as the Houghton, and in the same manner. Is it any harder to propagate? or were my cuttings (possibly) less strong than my Houghtons?
Addie. [We agree with you in advising the Wei-gela Groenwegenii as a beautiful shrub, and in the gooseberry propagating think your cuttings were perhaps made a little less in length, and some of them of less mature wood than in the case of the Houghton.
- Ed.] --Tolono, ILL., June 27, 1867.
Messrs. G. E. & F. W. Woodward, New York - Gents: You seem to indorse quite fully Husmann's work, and yet I notice that in the Horticulturist you insist that vines should be summer pruned, or pinched, so as to leave three or four leaves beyond the last bunch. Husmann as strongly recommends pinching back to one leaf, and gives his reasons for his practice at length. Will you, in the Horticulturist or otherwise, explain this discrepancy. Daniel Bradley.
[In indorsing any work which we may do, it must not be supposed that we indorse every item therein, for no book has yet been written without some errors. We indorse Mr. Husmann's grape-growing views and detail of practice as being far in advance of any other author, and the first man who has dared to step out of an old beaten track; but our experience has not been in favor of pinching the bearing branch back to one leaf beyond the fruit, and our reasons for not doing it are, that we think by leaving three leaves we develop more perfect sap to swell and assist in perfecting the fruit than can be done by the one leaf. Laterals of course come in as aids, but in our case we have all the time three leaves to Mr. Husmann's one, and we do not think we have any too much foliage to aid and assist under the influence of our very hot sun.
No two books give a like direction, and in grape-growing hardly any two varieties of vines will succeed alike under the same treatment. While we differ from Mr. Husmann, we consider him a very capable and practical man, and in holding our own views do so with respect and esteem for those of others.]