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A very good grape, quite early, and said to be an excellent bearer; had a few bunches sent me; they were not quite average specimens.
A great addition to this beautiful class of plants, and is very distinct from all the other varieties. It attains a hight of about four feet; the leaves are beautifully variegated with light green, creamy white and pink; the flowers are of a deep crimson color. Planted in the open ground, as a test, last summer, it retained all its markings in fine style; is considered a great acquisition for either the out-door or the conservatory.
A stove plant ; growing three feet high ; with scarlet flowers ; appearing in summer ; increased by seeds and offsets ; grown in good rich soil. Bot. Mag., pl. 4854.
One of the finest of the Cannas, introduced into German gardens in 1849, by M. Yon Warszewics, from Costa Rica. The stem, and more especially the peduncles, ovaries, calyx and bracts are of a fine blood red color, and the flowers of a brilliant scarlet It attains the height of three to four feet This species is as easily cultivated as the common Indian shot, and in the German gardens it is planted out in the same way we set out dahlias, salvias, etc. The roots are perennial, and easily wintered in any greenhouse. It is a very brilliant species, and well deserves speedy introduction. - Bot Mag., June.
This seems to be a new industry just developing in the South. In New Orleans a factory has been putting up figs and artichokes, and considerable quantities have been sent North. Of the latter, The Pica-yune remarks that " the Southern artichoke is a vegetable so little known at the North, that people having never seen it before cared little to purchase it at first; but those who have acquainted their palates with the delicate flavor of the Louisiana artichoke speak loud praises for it, and commend the manner of preservation."
We have on our "table " an Apple Parer, made by Whittemore Brothers, which we consider a perfect thing of its kind. The skin is removed from the fruit without waste; the waste, indeed, could not be less with the utmost care when done by hand. The operation is quickly performed and there is a great economy of time and means. Mr. Lane, 41 Park Row, is the New York Agent for its sale. He is also Agent for a number of other inventions of much value.
In The Horticulturist for lost month, in speaking of my remedy for the peach borer, the editor suggests that five pounds of soap to a barrel of water will make the liquid too strong, and prove injurious to tender roots if it reaches them, I have only to say that I have found no injury to result to bearing trees from this cause; but for young or small trees I would use about eight gallons of water to the pound of soap. Here I will answer the inquiry of a friend in Tennessee, who writes to ask me the capacity of a " barrel," or how many gallons of water I use for fire pounds of the soap? The usual barrel, as a liquid measure, is thirty or thirty-one gallons; but in this ease a few gallons more or less is not material - but safer more than less. I am using this liquid on apple trees with evident good effect. Will not other orchardists experiment with it and make known the results? M. B. Bateham.