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.
"Madam Plantier" is one of the best of the new white roses. It is a profuse bloomer, has fine foliage, and the plant is represented as being as hardy as a common brier.
We sincerely regret to learn by a private letter from one of Dr. Grant's neighbors that a new propagating house, ninety feet in length, with 12 to 15,000 grape-vines (Delaware and Rebecca, etc. etc.), has been destroyed by fire. This is an accident to which such houses are always more or less liable, and should be carefully guarded against.
We burned the Messrs. Parsons last month pretty badly, but on what we thought reliable authority. We know how it feels now, and very cheerfully take off a cipher from our Bum of last month; $500 we conceive to be quite enough for them to bear in these hard times. They lost some of their new plants, but the damage was not so great as we had been told.
We have learned, with deep regret, that the large propagating house of the Messrs. Parsons has been destroyed by fire, entailing the loss of a great many rare and costly plants, including most of their recent importations. Their loss is estimated at $5,000.
L. B. Langworthy was perfectly dumb-founded as to the cause of the fire blight in the pear. Thought the use of animal manure was perhaps the cause. He thought it was an overstock of sap, which could not be elaborated by the leaves - it was in hot plethora. Charcoal he considered to be of very little or no value; but ashes he considered to be extremely valuable - never saw any situation in the world in which it was not valuable - good for every thing.
B. Fish had in one instance a tree which showed considerable inclination to crack, but upon putting on a large application of soap suds and ashes it recovered from the disease, and has not cracked until this year.
Firewood is becoming scarce in Wisconsin and Illinois. The enormous consumption of it by railroads is fast exterminating the forests of our country. Two years ago, the price of cord-wood at Sodus Bay, N. Y., was $1 50 per cord; this year, Canadians from Toronto came over and purchased all that could be furnished for $2 50 per cord.
It will soon be worth while for our cultivators to turn their attention to raising trees expressly for the supply of many of our towns with firewood. At present, wood is worth prices averaging $5 per cord, in Philadelphia. An acre planted with cherry - excellent firewood, and a very rapid growing tree - would be worth, at a rough estimate, $200 in ten years. As there are many tracts of land utterly useless for agricultural purposes, it is well to consider whether this sum per acre, without any labor, is not worth waiting for? P.
A veby full and instructive report. We find two or three articles which we shall make some extracts from soon. These are, "Fruit," "Woodland," and "The Climate of New England.