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.
Generally, this has stood well with us, though there are instances of one or two good, vigorous young specimens being destroyed; the cause the same as the Evergreens already noticed. Established specimens, with well matured wood, stood well. It may be considered as hardy in this latitude.
This will be found very useful for flavoring soups, or broth of any kind, and a few drops of it will communicate the celery flavor to a pint of soup. Bruise half an ounce of celery seed, and put it in a bottle; then pour over it a quarter of a pint of brandy; and after standing a fortnight well corked, strain the spirit from the seeds and bottle it, when it will be fit for use.
Too little thought is given to the care of cellars during winter. Vegetables are often allowed to decay, and, ere the owner knows, some sickness occurs in his family, to him unexplainable, but it may be caused from decaying vegetables in his cellar. The fetid air from such decay is just as bad as the malaria from a swamp, and it should be the care of every one to frequently look over the vegetables in his cellar, and remove all that are in a state of decay, give air, and endeavor to keep the cellar dry and cool.
A beautiful plant introduced by the Messrs. Veitch, of Chelsea, England. It is described as being of compact, pyramidal form, one and a half to two feet high, bushy habit, about one and a half feet in diameter. Profusely branched, each leading branch being tipped with a small spike of bright crimson flowers. In color the plant resembles the well-known Iresine Lindenii, the upper surface of the leaf being of a deep claret color, while the underside is of a bright crimson shade. As a bedding or greenhouse plant it will take a high rank, from its fine habit and rich coloring.
In answer to a question whether this plant has come up to expectation, Briggs Bros,, of Rochester, say that they consider it "the finest dark-leaved foliage plant that we possess that can be raised from seed; being nearly as dark, and of a much finer and more compact habit than the now well-known Iresine Lindenii, forming dense bushes about 15 inches high, and 20 inches in diameter, the same season from seed. It succeeds much better than the Iresine when planted out of doors, and is excellent for the ribbon border, vase or basket."
English florists have received from America (Texas), specimens of a fine new hardy perennial, Centaurea Americana Hallii, which is considered by The Gardener's Chronicle, quite an acquisition in its class. It is described as being "greatly superior to the type, for while that has pale lilac-purple florets in the new forms, they are of a deep Magenta purple. The flower heads are very large, measuring when expanded fully, four inches across. In the light soil of Mr. Thompson's garden, the plant grows from two-and-a-half to three feet high; the flowering branches are ovate-lanceolate sessile, and comparatively small, while the color of the flower head is very rich before full expansion takes place."