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 is the fourteenth year of the publication of this desirable hand-book, which has come to be a standard publication; so much so that the back numbers are still in constant demand. The work contains a complete almanac for the year, and much valuable information on the subjects of agriculture and horticulture. Price 30 cents.
We have not yet had time to read it, but will notice it in our next.
First Annual Descriptive Catalogue of Greenhouse and Bedding-out Plants, Florists' Flowers, etc. Also, Foreign Grapes, Strawberries, Lawton and New Rochelle Blackberry, Flower Seeds, Vegetable Seeds, and Plants, cultivated and for sale by John Davies, at the East Hill Greenhouse and Flower Gardens, Ithaca, N. Y. - A choice collection, embracing the novelties of the season.
Persons who are late in getting their flower gardens in order, or who have at hand Wy limited means for this purpose, will find it wise to resort to annuals. As much the gayest and most beautiful effect is produced by sowing the dwarfer sorts of annuals in masses or beds, (each plant about four or five inches apart when thinned out,) and as many annuals are too tall, or too coarse in habit, to be fit for this purpose, I send for the benifit of the inexperienced, a list of the best annuals for this purpose.
The Gardener's Chronicle favors its readers with a laughable description of a new humbug, just turned up there, and imported from America. (We never heard of it here, although it might possibly have appeared in places remote from the head centres. Most of the humbugs palmed off on Americans, are engineered by foreigners from England, France and Prussia.) This is the title of the label:
Veni, Vidi, Multum in Parvo.
Many specimens of apple tree bark, beneath which (as stated above) were the recesses of the apple worm, were perforated with holes, pecked by that naughty bird, the Sapsucker! These holes were made, with an unerring judgment or instinct, right through to a worm, which had disappeared. These insects were, in all oases, hid from sight, as the bark stood upon the tree; so that bis knowledge of their presence must have been obtained from some other source. This fact goes to show that these birds, in this particular at least, may do man a friendly act. It also brings up that oft-mooted question, "Do Sapsuckers suck sap ?" "Which the same I am free to maintain" they do not.
Bank of the Mississippi, 1871.
A new work on Rural Architecture, by GeRvaSE Wheeler, Esq., the author of "Rural Homes," was destroyed by a late fire in New York, just as it was ready for the press. The loss is a serious one, not only to the author.
IN addition to the scene so well engraved in your January number, I send another from "Rustic Adornments".
From a second or lower terrace, let the paths lead over lawns sprinkled with evergreens, flower-beds, and avenues of deciduous trees. Converge the paths so that every slope forms a separate scene, complete in itself, when so contemplated, and yet forming a part of the whole.
At every opening point of the shrubberies, you may place some object to arrest the eye; a statue, a pile of rock, a fine lemon tree in a tub, a trained pyrus, or a weeping ash, to form a distinct object on the sward, or on a border beyond the path. A fountain added, and you will have a noble addition to your home scene. Happy those who have declivities like those of our noble Mont Real.