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.
A Trenton Subscriber. The tree you describe, is the Georgia Bark - Pinckneya pubens - one of the most beautiful and least cultivated of all our southern trees. The only fine specimen we ever saw, cultivated, was one in the old nursery grounds, (now we think destroyed,) of the Messrs. Landrcth, Philadelphia. It was about 18 or 20 feet high, and very beautiful, in its large bracts or blossoms. It will not stand in New-England, but should do so with you, and is worthy of your attention.
This is a Duke comparatively little known or cultivated, yet in my experience it is by far the best of them, It is very erect and upright in habit of growth, more vigorous than May Duke or Late Duke, and quite as hardy, if not more so. Leaf, long, broad oval, dark rich green, slightly serrated; petioles, a little bronzed; fruit, large, not as round as May Duke - more heart-shape - compressed; color, very dark, shining red; flesh, light red, slightly adhering to the pit, tender, sub-acid, rich, and very good; stem, long and slender; an abundant bearer, ripening about the 1st and 8th of July. Next to Louis Philippe, I regard this as one of the varieties most valuable to plant at the West or Southwest, either for market or family use.
Fig. 160. - Archduke.
This is an accidental seedling, that sprung up, five or six years ago, in the garden of Mr. Ellis S. Archer, at the N. W. corner of Seventeenth and Arch Streets, Philadelphia.
Bunch, rather large, five inches long by four in width. Berry - Size, fall medium, eleven-sixteenths of an inch long by eleven-sixteenths broad, Form, round, inclining to oval. Skin, greenish-white, and, where exposed to the sun, of an amber tint, covered with a dense white bloom. Flesh, not pulpy, juicy. Flavor, sweet and pleasant. Quality, "very good." Maturity, eaten on the 5th of November.
The leaf of this variety presents strong indications of a foreign parentage; and though, from this circumstance and its late period of maturity, it may not succeed well at the north, yet it might prove valuable in a southern latitude.
A very beautiful variety, the colors of which are a rich combination of scarlet, salmon, and carmine.
We may inform W. that arrangements are now perfected to give a new series of designs for rural houses; next month we shall insert a portrait of one just such as he suggests he is in search of.
Alluding to the too general impression that you cannot feel interested in architecture, that you do not, and cannot care about it, Mr. Buskin says - you think within yourselves, "it is not right that architecture should be interesting. It is a very grand thing this architecture, but essentially unentertaining. It is its duty to be dull - it is monotonous by law; it cannot be correct and yet amusing." Believe me, it is not so. All things that are worth doing in art, are interesting and attractive when they are done. There is no law of right which consecrates dullness. The proof of a thing's being right is, that it has power over the heart, that it excites us, wins us, or helps us. All good art has the capacity of pleasing, if people will attend to it; there is no law against its pleasing; but on the contrary something wrong either in the spectator or the art, when it ceases to please.