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.
" I would have," says the same author, " our ordinary dwelling houses built to last, and built to be lovely; as rich and full of pleasantness as may be, within and without, and with such differences as might suit and express each man's character and occupation, and partly his history.
Good size; nearly round; color, light; flesh, rather soft; flavor, good; plant, a strong grower, and reasonably productive.
Emily. The water need not be changed oftener than twice awcek. Do not take the roots out of the glass - but raise the bulb slightly and pour the water off. A small pinch of salt added to the water every other time, will augment the vigor and give fine color to the plants; but be careful that the pinch is very small.
For this we are indebted to Mr. Quinby. It is a green grape, the bunch and berry both small. It was unripe, and without flavor.
We can bear testimony to the value of the bone-black of sugar refineries as a special manure for the pear tree. A peck mixed in the soil of a hole three feet in diameter, in which the tree is plant-ed, gives great depth of verdure, and augments both the size and flavor of the fruit. It is probable that the new native phosphate now found in New-Jersey and Lake Champlain, will be eagerly sought after by pear cultivators as being the food of pears - par excellence.
(P. B.) When you are burning the brush, trimmings, etc. etc. of your garden, make a semicircular mound with a few stones, and, as the heap begins to burn, pile on it as much of your clay soil as can be, and burn it. During the first day or two, but little care is required to keep the pile on fire; but after this, if the fire is not allowed to break through, and thus expand itself, it will spread through the whole heap, and a large amount of soil may be burnt by still adding to the top. Burnt Boil of this description seems to possess even more nourishing properties than manure, and may be applied with great advantage to fruit-trees as well as garden "truck".
R. A. Moore, of Kensington, Conn., writes that he has this variety true, having had it from its first introduction, some twenty years ago. He is not a dealer, only an amateur grower, and therefore those wanting the plants will govern themselves accordingly.
Original tree in the orchard of Captain Henry Bush, near Sandusky, Ohio. Tree, spreading, with large, coarse foliage, a yearly and abundant bearer; fruit, above medium, rounded, flattened at stem, and surface irregular or corrugated, uneven, glossy; color, a clear creamy, white ground, striped and splashed in the sun exposures with a bright vermilion pink, and a little of rough russet toward the eye on one side; stem, short; cavity, deep, open, a trace of greenish russet; calyx, closed; basin, deep; somewhat corrugated; core in center of apple, open, and abundantly filled with seeds, four or more in a capsule; flesh, white, crisp, tender, acid; fine for cooking, and about equal to Duchess of Oldenburgh for eating; season, September and October; valuable as a market sort.
Fig. 24. - Bush's Beauty.