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.
Another indispensable plant, even in the smallest and most select collection, is the Anthurium Scherzerianum; this plant is seldom without flowers; the same flower will last for three months; it is a plant of the easiest culture, and insects seldom trouble it; until recently it has been high priced both here and in Europe, but now it is cheap enough to suit any pocket. The ladies need not be frightened by the long name, for although the plant does not possess any English name, I have no doubt the extraordinary shape and brilliant scarlet color of the flower would suggest to many to name it the Flamingo flower.
As the name indicates, we are indebted to tho skill of the French florist for this charming addition to our list of bedding plants. The great beauty of this single variety should be sufficient to bring this too much neglected family into more notice. The wild Antirrhinum that grows upon the old walls of England is attractive, and why should not a striking improvement like Napoleon III., with large spikes of deep velvet-shaded crimson tubes and rich yellow mouths, be planted on every parterre? The Antirrhinum is of the easiest culture; grows freely on a dry bank or in any garden soil. It will almost withstand our winters, but may be kept secure in a cold frame free from damp and sunshine in winter. To have a succession of blooms it should not be allowed to seed. Choice named varieties are propagated freely from cuttings, either in summer or winter, under glass.
The manufacturers in England are always on the alert to supply unsapplied wants; even the Aphis must have a brush to destroy his life. From an advertisement in the Gardener's Chronicle, we copy the portrait of this instrument, "invented by the Rev. E. S. Bull, which in a very simple and easy manner, instantly cleanses the rose from that destructive insect, the Green Fly or Aphis, without causing the slightest injury to the bud or foliage. Price 2s, 6d".
Some of our friends have of late years paid deserved attention to the introduction of aquatic plants, and, amongst other discoveries, have found the Nelumbium luteum to be hardy enough to stand our winters, and growing in abundance near Philadelphia. We cannot have too many hardy water plants, and the one named at the head of this paragraph is a very desirable kind. Its flowers are as fragrant as those of Magnolia glauca, and are produced very abundantly. Though a native of the Cape of Good Hope, it is hardy in England, and feels so well satisfied with France as to become quite naturalized in some of her rivers.
Baldwin is in the Eastern States. The specimens sent us were picked from a tree overloaded with fruit, and are, consequently, smaller than if the fruit had been properly thinned. A specimen of last year weighed 11½ ounces. Tree, a regular bearer, and hardv in all the Northwestern States. Out description is as follows:
Fig. 4. - Utter Apple.
Fruit, medium size, globular flattened; color, pale lemon yellow ground, narrow stripes, and mottled with light clear red, the stripes showing deepest - scattered raised small russet dots; stem, slender, short; cavity, open, smooth, deep; calyx, closed; segments, narrow, pointed; basin, broad, open, deep - furrowed; flesh, whitish, crisp, tender, juicy, mild, subacid, pleasant, but not rich; core, medium; seeds, globular pointed; early winter or late fall.