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 box of fine blackberries received on the 16th of September, from Mr. Lawton, speak loudly in favor of this now established luxury of all good gardens. -They were superb. Several other articles came too late for notice this month.
What is it? A new seedling, as represented in B. K. Bliss & Sons' catalogue; or is it an old variety brought out under a new name? From close observation and comparison, I am inclined to the latter opinion. If it differs in the slightest particular from the Wilson, I could not detect it. They are identical in my judgment. I am anxious to hear from others, and if my decision is sustained, there is evidently something wrong somewhere. If it proves to be the Wilson with others, as with myself, we paid a pretty good price for it.
The Gardener's Monthly in speaking of the black knot on plum and cherry trees, says it should be cut out as fast as it appears, not as the black knot, but as a mere sappy abrasure, green and spongy, above the bark. It is no use to cut it out after a month old. This delay is probably the secret of many failures in removing the black knot.
This is the earliest strawberry in England, and if so in America, should be grown aa a first crop.
"The Black Cap Raspberry - what is its value as a market berry, and the best modes of its cultivation?
A Lady, New-Haven.) The old story of grafting a rose on a black currant, is a pure absurdity; first, because the graft would not take, and second, because the color would not be changed if it did. The darkest roses are only a dark reddish purple; the black hollyhock is the, most decidedly black flower produced by cultivation.
This year I adopted the following plan with my Celery, which has answered extremely well. I planted it in a trench and left it to grow to its proper height; I then drew curb plant through a circular drain tile, and stopped the top of the tiles with moss, and leveled the ground; in less than three weeks af.erwards they were beautifully bleached, quite clean, and came in earlier than in the old way. The drain tiles are very inexpensive, and they do not harbor slugs, etc. - H. M. - lb.
Well adapted as this is for greenhouse culture, few persons who have seen it in bloom can fail to admire it; when more generally known, we can readily imagine no greenhouse will be without it. The flowers are liliaceous, bright orange and scarlet, remaining in perfection a long time. The foliage is recurved, and resembles a tuft of grass. In habit it is dwarf, not exceeding twelve or fifteen inches in height, and very free blooming.
H. L. Suydam, Esq., of Geneva, sent us some fine, well-ripened specimens of this variety December 8, saying: "The tree is a small one, about eight years old, and the fruit, until last season, was not considered good for any thing but stewing. Last fall my father-in-law picked the fruit and ripened it in the house." A notice of the history of this Pear will be found among the proceedings of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, which we shall publish in the February number.