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.
Jamestown. A paint of very thin soft soap, is far better for the bark of trees than whitewash, because it actually kills all insects and their eggs in the crevices of the bark, and because its good effects continue through the whole season instead of ending as soon as it becomes dry.
However this may taste in California (where it has been greatly puffed), it has not done well here. A pie of it looks like the apple-pie, but the taste is perfectly neutral; all the acid and flavor you will have to put in from some other source.
MR. N. B. PEARCE, Osage Mills, Ark., sends to Colmaris Rural World several specimens of apples named, upon which he remarks: "The Schoolfield, Royal Red and Thurman were brought to Benton county by my wife's grandfather, John Spring, many yeare ago, from Sequaohe valley, in east Tennessee. The Schoolfield and Thurman were so named by him, having procured the grafts from orchards owned by Schoolfield and Thurman. The Royal Red he named. The Kentucky Red was taken by Col. Anderson from Kentucky to Alabama, and from Alabama he brought them to Benton county some thirty odd years ago, and he named them Kentucky Red, and as such they are known throughout Arkansas and Texas. The most popular we have and so well known by the name given it by Col. Anderson that it will be hard to correct it, if it should prove to be, as you. suppose, the Rome Beauty. Some call it New York Pippin. You will confer a favor by letting us hear from you through the Rural on these fine apples."
Iowa, as well as most of the Western States, produces the most magnificent Apples. Last year we noticed a superb collection, sent us by Henry Avert, Esq., of Burlington, a well-known nurseryman, and one of the most extensive fruit growers of that young State. A friend has just written us from Muscatine, and, among other things, Bays, a neighbor of his has an orchard of forty trees, twelve years old, that last year (1853) bore 400 bushels of fruit. This, in that rich western soil, where growth is so rapid, is certainly a great produce for trees of that age.
J. Lind-ley & Son, of New Garden, North Carolina, write they have two apples of great value, viz., "Golden Wilding," a roundish oblate, yellow, very good; tree, strong, upright, and thrifty, and a great bearer, "Royal Limbertwig, large, roundish oblate, dull red, covering mostly a greenish yellow ground; great keeper".
Fig. 37. - Green-house Boiler.
B. Johnson, (New-York.) The cracking disease of the trunk and decline of your trees is owing to their having suffered in the bark from the great alternations of temperature in winter. Wind the stems of your sound trees about with straw ropes and you will avoid the same result in them.
Extract from a letter of Dr. J. Thomas, dated Smyrna, June 17, 1862 - " When I was at Cairo on the 6th of May, they had on the table at the hotel, ripe apricots; and we nave found them at almost every important town that we have stopped at since. We found very flue ones in Palestine, but not fluer, perhaps not so fine, as I have seen in western New-York." The letter adds, " The climate on the hills of Palestine seemed to me more delightful than anything I have ever experienced. - is quite American in his prejudices, but he said be had never breathed any air so pure, sweet, and exhilarating as that of the hills and valleys around Jerusalem. His health is so much improved that his friends would hardly know him".