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C. M. Hovey moved to add to list for general cultivation. Carried.
This variety originated on the farm of Eli Harvey, on the river Brandy wine, in Pennsylvania, The fruit is of medium size, flesh juicy and melting, and of excellent flavor. We picked our fruit the past week, and it is now ripening on the shelves. . When perfectly matured it is a first class pear.
SIZE, above medium, 3/4 of an inch long, 13/14 wide, 11/16 thick; form, broad heart shaped; skin, brilliant crimson, beautifully mottled and highly polished; stalk, 1 1/2 inches long, slender, inserted in a small shallow depression; stone, 1/16 of an inch long, 5/16 wide, 9/23 thick; flesh, semi-diaphanous, tender, very juicy; flavor, saccharine, refreshing, and fine, with just enough sub acid flavor to impart sprightliness; quality, "very good;" maturity, last of June.
We have received from M. W. Philips, Esq., of Edwards, Miss., an ear of corn with the above name, which is the prettiest thing in its way that we have ever seen. We give a drawing of it The color is red. The form of the ear and grain can be seen by the engraving. Mr. Philips says that " twenty-nine stalks gave two hundred and fifty ears," in an excessively dry season. One stalk bore twenty-five ears, and another twenty. He thinks it was injured by "suckering," the tendency this way being excessive. Now, Mr. Philips, be good enough to let us know where it came from, and " all about it"
One of the most effective for growing in beds or groups, of a rich bright scarlet color with red stripes.
Rosy crimson; a beautiful large full flower, with good guard petal and excellent spike.
Size, large; three inches long by two and a half in diameter; form, varying from obovate to obtuse pyriform; stem, thick, short, frequently set on one side, and inserted without depression; calyx, closed, sunk in a rather shallow basin; skin, yellowish green, stipules indistinct; flesh, white, melting, juicy; flavor, sweet, rich, aromatic; season', first of November; quality, best; tree, habit erect, resembling the Urbaniste, hardy and prolific.
The Messrs. Bridgeman have placed on our Table a complete set of their catalogues, neatly bound in one volume, and superscribed " The horticulturist," for which we return them our thanks. This is a very convenient form in which to put them, and might be followed by others with advantage.
Mr. Editor: The Rhode Island Greening was a famous apple here twenty years ago. Is this becoming an extinct variety? Of late years, the fruit is abundant, but it does not set well, and, by the time the apples are as large as a walnut, the tree is bare; or, perhaps, a peck where there should be a barrel, is found in October; and so for ten or fifteen years it has been. Trees ten and fifteen years old, succeed no better than those of forty and fifty years. To make our greening-trees bear, must we change the soil, or manure, or add manufactured manure? Must we seek out a new stock, on the theory that the old Rhode Island Greening stock has run out? Or is the cause of this defect to be sought for in the atmosphere? is it in the climate? I trust that some one of your readers will give us the result of his experience with this formerly noble fruit.