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Although a foreign variety, has fruited splendidly in the open air. Bunches, Of good size, oval. Berry, white, and very good.
A most beautiful and excellent grape. Bunch, quite large. Berries, medium size, sweet, and high flavored, with little or no pulp. A seedling of Mr. Raabe, of Philadelphia; will most likely compete with Rebecca, being white like the Rebecca, if its hardiness (which is not yet fully tested in the open country) is once established. It has stood exposed, without injury, the last two severe winters, in Philadelphia.
This new grape has just commenced bearing, and gives promise of much excellence. It is vigorous and appears hardy; bunch large; berry good size, color white and flavor excellent. It requires more time to give a decided opinion of its real value, but I think highly of it at present.
Untried, as far as I know, in this vicinity, but represented as mildewing badly thirty miles to the north of us.
This fine Watermelon is also known under the name of the Dark Speckled. It originated in Clarendon County, South Carolina, and, when pure, may at all times be readily recognized by the peculiarly characteristic markings of the seed.
Size, large. Form, oblong. Skin, a mottled gray, with dark green, interrupted, longitudinal stripes, irregular in their outline, and composed of a succession of peninsulas and isthmuses. Rind, thin, not exceeding half an inch. Seed, yellow, with a black stripe extending around the edge, and from one to three black spots on each side, the form and number corresponding on the two sides. Flesh, scarlet to the centre. Flavor, sugary and exquisite. Quality, " best".
This, on our ground, is all that can be desired - beautiful, delicious, fine size, good bearer, and fine perfume. They sprout badly, as some would say ; but until I get enough plants to re-set the space occupied by Bed Antworps, I will be gratified. The Philadelphia is also to be recommended. - Mrs. A. C. B., Richmond, Ky.
The friends of Mr. Clark will be rejoiced to learn that he is about to issue a Monthly under the name of Clark's Knickerbocker. It will, of course, be a counterpart of the real "Old Knick;" in fact, the "Old Knick" itself, with all its original raciness and delightful humor. The thousands who have heretofore been gladdened with the monthly visits of "Old Knick," will joyfully welcome his visits again. Spread the "Table," Mr. Clark, and let the good things "cirkelate".
Stimulants to the wood-bud force - to be applied as preventives to trees and plants in bearing, when disposed to feebleness, or as remedies, where feebleness from over bearing is present;
1. Cutting out or removing at any time, in whole or in part, as the case may require, from a tree or plant, the fruit-bud system.
2. Shortening-in the wood branches at any time after the close of one growing season, and before the commencement of another.
3. Cultivation of the ground.