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.
Dr. Hull says that he planted 500 plants of this variety in the spring, and they spread, by the next year, to 1,200 ; and gathered from them upwards of 1,200 quarts in one year, only about quarter of which were grown on the old canes at the usual raspberry season. The heaviest yield, on the new canes, was usually between the middle of August and the 10th of September. He thinks that ever bearing varieties will never become popular on account of the trouble to remove the sucker, and the necessity of stirring the soil weekly.
Mr. Field said they would break off. Mr. Barry had them ten years old, great bearers; sometimes bent to the ground, but never broke. Messrs. Wilder and Hovey agreed with Mr. Barry.
The Sieulle was offered as a fine-grained, buttery pear; very large.
Mr. Wright, writing from Oberlin, says, u I see in the last number Solon Robinson mentions Dr. Grant's list of the best twenty varieties of Pears, in which list the Belle Lucrative, decidedly the richest Pear we know of in this excellent Pear region, is not mentioned. How is this?" Though not mentioned in the list itself, it is added at the end as a good substitute for either of the autumn varieties. We think so highly of it as a dwarf, that in selecting a list of three kinds we should make Belle Lucrative one of them.
Another fruit with so much of the Duke habit that it perhaps must there be classed. While young, the tree is a very moderate bearer, but as it acquires age, the productiveness is increased, until on a tree ten or twelve years old, cherries sufficient for a family can be gathered daily for many weeks. Leaf is broad, rounded oval, with fine sharp serratures; fruit, large, or above medium, ovate rounded; color, clear red or pale yellow, when exposed to the sun - if left to hang on the tree for a time they become all red; flesh, yellowish red, tender, mild acid, separating freely from the pit; stem, rather long and stout, set in a deep, open cavity. Season, all along from last of June until early September.
Fig. 158. - Belle Magnifique.
Convenience should be-studied in every department, though we would deprecate the fussy interference which makes a toil of comfort We have seen in many mansions a bell for the dining-room, that it may be as well to mention, as suited to every family. A piston of simple construction is placed in the floor where the master or mistress sits at meals; touching this by the foot, rings a bell in the kitchen, to hasten or call attendance. The only drawback is that the table must always be in nearly the same situation, but this is not a serious objection, as there it usually is.
Numerous bells in the kitchen confuse new-comers, and that is a numerous class, we regret to say, in this country. To insure attention to the up-stairs apartment, a bell is usually rung, before speaking your wants through a tube leading to the servants' apartment below. This confusion is now abated by blowing through a small tube, and a whistle in the kitchen cannot be mistaken in its object.