Atkins' Automaton, Or Self-Raking Reaper And Mower

This is an advertisement of the "lion" machine at the Illinois State Fair at Chicago. It attracted more attention than any other implement on the ground, and is certainly a most ingenious and useful article. Twelve hundred, we were informed by the proprietor, J. S. Wright, were built for the harvest of 1855.


Wife* "Well, now, as sure as I'm alive, husband, you've been to auction and brought a pack of cinnamon roses home, and I have had a man digging half a day to get the pests out of my garden. Do throw them right into the street." - Husband. "Why here's the list, Viburnum opulus, and the Symphora racemosa, and the Philadelphus coronarius, and Syringa vulgaris, and I'm. sure - " - Wife. "Pshaw! You've paid away your money for a pretty parcel of Latin names. I don't care what you call them, but they are nothing but our old-fashioned syringas and lilacs, and snowballs, and waxberries." Alas, out of thirty dollars' worth, the poor wife got a few new plants that she might have purchased of an honest florist for two dollars. We are now in the vernal season of auctions.

Auction Sale Of Plant

At a recent auction sale of plants by Mr. Mitchell, near Southgate, England, some specimens reached most astonishing prices. For instance: Cattleya Mossiae, $73; Sar-racenia sp., $184; Sarracenia Drummondie alba, &157; Azalea stella, $52.50; Azalea chelsoni, $55; Hedaroma tulipifera, $80; Gleichenia rupestris, $99; Adiantum farley-ense, $27; Anthurium Scherzerianum, $330; Cocos Weddeliana, $145; Nepenthes san-guinea, $71; Nepenthes Hookeri, $130.

Aucuba Japonica

Of this species, which is familiar in English gardens in the variegated state, there was included in this fine collection the original or green-leaved state, both male and female plants; the latter bore orange-colored, oblong-ovate berries, about the size of the pomes of the large-fruited species of Crataegus. It had on a previous occasion obtained a Certificate of Merit.


E. S. Oh yes, we have grown Auriculas here as fine as we ever saw them in England. As you say you have grown them there, all the difference you need make in your culture here, is to keep the plants entirely in the shade from the time they go out of bloom until the end of September.

Australian Seeds

Mr. Fowler, who was employed by the Australian and Van Dieman's Land Government to collect seeds, is now in this country, and advertises, in our columns, some rare seeds, such as Acacias, Kennedias, Pultenias, Indigoferas, etc. etc, at a moderate price, affording an opportunity which rarely occurs for amateurs and others to procure rarities.

Henry Little & Co., of Bangor Maine, continue to furnish seeding evergreens at very low prices. - See Advertising Columns.

The Austrian Pine. Pinus Austriaca

TheAustrian Pine in rich deep soils forms one of the most dense trees of the whole pine family. It is of rapid growth, with rich deep blue-green foliage, that for backgrounds or masses is admirably created. As a single tree, also, upon a lawn, it is. always beautiful; and, when the scenery will admit, groups of this pine with the tulip tree, mountain ash, dogwood, etc., are exceedingly effective.

There is a Southern Pine - Pinus Australis - native of our Southern States, that has leaves much longer than the Austriaca, and of a lighter more yellow green. It, however, is not hardy in the middle Northern States unless shielded, or surrounded, in fact, with other evergreens. South, where it is hardy, few varieties surpass it in beauty.

The Russian Pine,

Fig. 49. - The Russian Pine,