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.
This new Wistaria bloomed, for the first time, in this country the present season (June 28), on Mr. Buist's piazza, Mr. B. obtained it in France, a few years ago. It is later in blooming than the other species; the racemes more dense, the flowers prettily variegated, having a shade of yellow, violet, and purple blush. Withal, it is quite fragrant, and a great acquisition.
A Parlor Fernery may resemble the accompanying out. The matter of chief importance is the selection of ferns, the smaller suiting better than those of large growth. The hardier sorts, cultivated in pots, may be set out, under shelter, in summer, on a layer of sifted coal-ashes or tan. The drip may be obtained by suspending over the plant a vessel of water, out of which a worsted thread should hang. This supplies a succession of water-drops, which should fall on a stone beside the plant, and above the pot. The ordinary soil for ferns in pots, is a mixture of equal parts of soft peat, fine sand, finely broken potsherds, and charcoal; this may be used in the parlor fernery, which will prove a never failing source of amusement, if attended to and kept suitably moist, without exposure to the sun.