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.
This question has often been asked by the admirers of those fragrant gifts of nature. As a lover of a garden, and being doomed to pass the greater part of the year in a city, I determined to try if I could not have a few of my favorite companions around me. I erected a small greenhouse (against a western wall), and have now as good a show of plants in blossom as I ever saw in the county of Wicklow, where our country-place is situated. I have had some fine Cineraria plants, several Temarkably good Cytisus, and several fine forced roses. I think, from my observation of a town garden, that the best growing plants are Roses; next, Cinerarias and Cytisus. Sweet-scented Geraniums thrive very well also. To any one determined to pay a little attention to flowers they can have as good a bloom of the above as if they lived a hundred miles from the smoke of a city. I hope to fill my greenhouse with some Pelargoniums I have kept back in a small frame - Flora.
We have as Horticulturist* remarkably little knowledge of the doings of our near neighbors, the Canadians. Prompted by a strong desire to ascertain what they were accomplishing, we have paid them a visit recently, and shall have something to tell in our next of their great proficiency in the culture of fruits and flowers, in doors and out, a proficiency far beyond our anticipations.
A new apple, originated in Canada, by Mr. Charles Arnold, from a cross fertilization of the Wagener, Northern Spy and Spitzenburg, is highly spoken of by the Canada Farmer. In form, it is much like the Wagener, but has the coloring of the Spy. The apple is of medium size, having a yellow flesh, which is very tender and very juicy, of good quality, if not best, presenting a blending of the flavor of the Wagener and Spy. We learn that the Fruit Growers Association have made arrangements with Mr. Arnold to grow a sufficient number of trees of this variety to enable them to distribute one to each member as soon as they can be raised.- American Rural Home.
This is a new monthly newspaper published at Brentford, Canada West, at 50 cents a year. Augustus Webber, Proprietor. No. 2 has been enlarged, and otherwise much improved.
From a little treatise on "Grapes, their Cultivation," etc., by D. W. Beadle, St. Catherines, C. V[., we extract as follows: Laura Beverly. - This is a new black grape, much resembling the Hartford Prolific in bunch, berry, and time of ripening, but of better quality. It was raised by the Rev. Alexander Dixon, of Port Dalhousie, in this county, and never has received any protection or special treatment. It has the merit of being perfectly hardy, a great bearer, ripening early, of good quality, free from pulp, and hanging perfectly on the bunch.
Fine light yellow; flower full and very compact; habit good. (New).
Soft yellow, with shades of rose deepening in color as the flowers advance in age.