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.
Americans cannot appreciate the almost universal custom in Paris and London of button-hole Bouquets. As an evidence of their immense use, a French journal asserts that the average annual sale of bouquets of violets in Paris is 5,825,000. While in London it is so much the custom that at entertainments a gentleman appears singular without one.
Madame Comtesse. Deep flesh-color; finely formed. A seedling from Louise Odier.
THIs is one of the most valuable of recent additions to the Bouvardia family, a charming class of winter flowering plants. It was originated by S. B. Vreeland, of Greenville, N. J., from the B. Hogarth, and possesses all the admirable qualities of the former in hardiness and vigor of growth, but is especially, noteworthy for its profuse blooming, bearing large trusses of pure white flowers, from two to three times the size of any from its parent. It can be readily propagated from cither top or root cuttings, and will be acknowledged by all florists as a valuable acquisition long needed in our Conservatories and Greenhouses.
" This supplies a want that has been much felt by the bouquet makers. Heretofore we have had no white Bouvardie of free growth, but B. Jasminoides is all that could be desired.
"It is of the freest growth, rooting from cuttings as easily as a Verbena or Geranium, and blooms without cessation from October to April, covering just the season when flowers are most scarce and most priced. The flowers are borne in panicles of six to ten florets, each floret being star-shaped and about half an inch in diameter, of a pure, waxy white, resembling a Jessamine rather than a Bouvardie. It has, also, something of the Jessamine fragrance, particularly at night. Take it,~ all in all, we consider it to be the most valuable winter-flowering, greenhouse plant introduced in the past twenty years. Its origin is not well known, but is supposed to have come from seed brought from South America".
We have uniformly found that where tomato seed has been sown in the hill where the plants are to remain, and they are not transplanted, we can obtain more than double the quantity from plants that are transplanted. They will be somewhat later, but larger and finer fruit. Transplanting has the effect of inducing early ripening at the sacrifice of an abundant quantity and large size.
In planting the tree box, use a half peck of chalk, broken up, and freely mixed with the earth. It increases the rapidity of growth and the beauty of the foliage.
(G. H. T.) - Your "Black Apple" is the Red Canada.
The common dwarf box - buxus suffruticosa - is well known, for it is, perhaps, the very best dwarf edging plant for flower-beds and borders that is known. It should always be transplanted early in the spring, and, by a clipping with shears from year to year, never permitted to grow above six to eight inches in height. The tree box - buxus semperm-rens - forms a pretty dwarf ornamental tree for decorating small lawns or grass-plots, or for rounded points of pathways, etc. There are several varieties among them, comprising latifolia, or broad-leaved, which is the best; the mystifolia, very narrow-leaved; the aurea, or golden variegated-leaved; the argenlea, or silvery variegated-leaved. A sandy or light gravelly soil seems best to suit the wants of the box tree, and a partial shade from southern suns is requisite to enable it to retain its foliage.