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.
The following is a list of the officers for 1853:
HARRISON T. DICKINSON, Auburn.
Philip R. Freeoff, George E. Barber, Oliver W. Wheeler,; John Morse, Aurelius.
Horace T. Cook, Auburn.
S. Seabury Graves, Auburn.
John S. Clary, Auburn.
William Osborn, L. Q. Sherwood, H, H. Bostwick, A Y. Pulsifer, William Cutting, Auburn; & H. Higley, Mentz; John R. Page, Sennett; W. D. Osborn, Port: Solomon Giles, Weedsport.
VIEW OF A SUBURBAN VILLA.
A hardy shrub from California, where it was discovered by that martyr of Science, Mr. Douglas, but introduced into our gardens by Messrs. Veitch, of Exeter and Chelsea Nurseries, who received it from Mr. W. Lobb. It produces, in July, very numerous blue-petaled heads of flowers. It is a very desirable garden plant. (Ibid. 4815).
Two beautiful little shrubs of the same general habit as the Jersey Tea, ( C. americanus,) common in our woods, but with globular clusters and panicles of lovely azure blue blossoms, borne profusely all summer, and very ornamental whether grown in pots, in the conservatory, or in the open border. These plants, natives of California, are quite rare and new, having been introduced into England by the collector of the London Horticultural Society, Mr. Hartwig. They have stood the winter in England, and will probably do so here. Rich turfy loam, leaf mold, and silver sand, makes the soil they prefer.
This "magnificent acquisition to our hardy shrubs" was sent from California by Mr. W. Lobb to Messrs. Veitch. It surpasses even the other species - -floribundus, Lobbi-anus, and papillosus - "in the abundance of its bright mazarine-blue flowers." - (Ibid, t. 5,127).
Libani, hardy, though quite brown this winter. - Deodara, hardy, though quite brown this winter. - Deodara viridis, hardy; less injured. - Africanus, hardy.
To this family belongs the celebrated tree of Mount Lebanon. They all delight in rich, sandy soil, with a dry bottom; being natives of mountains, they are impatient of their roots being saturated at any period of the year. They are all trees of a gigantic habit, with a grandeur that excites universal admiration; growth from 60 to 140 feet.
The graceful and beautiful Himalayan Cedar suffered considerably. Many large and magnificent plants were killed to the snow-line, whilst many others passed safely through this intense cold; the cause of this difference was the same as in the other Evergreens. When the ground had been highly prepared, and the plants were growing vigorously, they, suffered most; on the other hand, plants of more moderate growth, with well-matured shoots, escaped unhurt. It may be considered hardy in this latitude, save in such winters as 1855-6, when the loss of some rapid growing young plants may be expected; but surely, because a few plants are occasionally lost, people will not give up growing this exquisite Evergreen?