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 lady in New Jersey, who supposes our knowledge more extensive than it really is, asks how to make butter come? A good plan would be to, pack it up nicely and put it on the------railroad; it would be sure to come if properly directed.
The Journal de Chimie Medicale relates a case of poisoning from eating the common buttercup. Some children were amusing themselves by making crowns of this flower, when one of them was tempted to eat some of the flowers. Violent pain, stimulating colic, and all the symptoms of poisoning supervened, but fortunately the life of the child was saved. The root of the buttercup is of a very acrid nature, and if chewed will blister the mouth.
Pretty boquet, consisting of a yellow Rose-bud, mounted with small sprays of Forget-Me'Not, having amongst it on one side, one pip of Kalosanthes coccinea, and on the other side one pip of a pure white flower, resembling Bouvardia or Jasmine.
A small spray of red Cowbretum purpurcum, backed with a piece of Maiden-hair Fern.
These, which are exceedingly fashionable in London, are sold freely in shop windows, and also in Covent Garden market. One of the most popular designs is made of white Hyacinth flowers, and a blossom or two of Scilla Sibirica, a white Hyacinth, and a pip or two of Euphorbia Jacquiniaeflora, backed in both cases either by a fresh Rose leaf, or Maiden Hair Fern. Rose buds, with their own foliage, arc always elegant, and can hardly be excelled.
The beautiful tea - scented rose, Madame Francois Jamin, which was certificated when exhibited at the second March meeting at South Kensington by Mr. H. Bennett, bids fair, according to the Gardener's Magazine, to become one of the most valuable of button-hole roses. The flowers, as shown by the example exhibited, are freely produced, and when in bud are of a rich shade or coppery orange. The buds are remarkably sweet, and of the most suitable size for making up into neat button-hole or ordinary bouquets. It certainly well deserved the award conferred upon it, and is likely to become very popular for the purpose here indicated.
Box-Tree, principally natives of the East, where, they are much used in formal gardening, as they may be trimmed into every imaginable shape. They like rich, deep, loamy soil, and succeed well in shady situations.
A very pretty little variegated Box tree, with remarkably short, obtuse, sometimes retuse or obcordate, leaves, of about half an inch in diameter.
The varieties of Tree Box are in the highest degree eligible. The variegated-leaved has a pleasing effect in a winter landscape, when properly introduced.
Cotoneaster buxifolia, and C. microphtlla are beautiful evergreens of humble growth. They are admirably adapted for covering rockeries, or planting on the north side of walls. They will turn brown in winter under full exposure to the sun. Their fruit is also ornamental.