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The tree that produced this apple originated about thirty years ago on the farm of Mr. John Cotton, Putnam co., Indiana. The original tree is still living, - an upright, thrifty grower, and very hardy; it is a moderate bearer, never breaking with its fruit, but disposed to bear more or less every year. Fruit above medium size, obtusely pearmain-shaped stem, short, and deeply sunk in a narrow cavity, calyx open, and set in a narrow shallow basin; ground color green, changing at maturity to a pale yellow, with scattering blotches and stripes of pale red, - the ground color interspersed with a few curdly dots; flesh yellowish, remarkably firm and rich, with a mild sub-acid flavor; seeds closely imbedded in a very small core. This apple is eminently qualified for long keeping. I have kept some in a green state fur two years, without any particular care. R. Ragan.
Our correspondent at Cincinnati says, their coldest days were the 3d and 4th of February, 28° to 24° below aero, and the ice in the river 18 inches thick; snow in the central and northern part of the State averaged oyer two feet in depth.
The "Aaron cup," a California flower, measures two feet eight inches from the base to the tip.
In the body of this report,.as received by us last month, it was stated that the Committee had eight reasons for preferring the Delaware, but only seven were enumerated, and we altered the word eight accordingly. We find, however, in the report printed in the Cincinnatus, that eight reasons are enumerated, the missing one being the fifth, which reads: "It is not damaged by mildew".
This is unquestionably the finest novelty in the way of florist flowers for the greenhouse that has been sent out for many years; they represent all the modifications of color usually found among Cinerarias, namely, crimsons and magentas in various shades, purples both light and dark, as well as flowers tipped with different tints of scarlet and magenta, and perfectly double; habit very good; will prove a most desirable acquisition.
A new variety from Europe. Flowers large, of excellent form; color pure white, edged with bright blue, and purple disc; habit very good. The plant from which the above description is taken, I presume, is the first of its kind flowered in this country.
S. D. Redfield, Vinton, Iowa, writes us, Aug. 13: I cut cions from a plum tree late in the spring and grafted into a wild stock, and I never saw a more thrifty growth in any one season. Now, the very limbs from which the cions were cut and a portion of the whole top of the tree is dead.
Query - If the temperature was so low as to freeze solid the liquid in plant structure, so as to destroy the tree, where did the cions get their vitality?