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 stone pine, Pinus pinea, is the pine of Claude Lorraine's landscapes, so often painted, and with such picturesque effects.
Myrsineae. A very beautiful plant from South America. The trunk is about four feet high, very stout, leaves ten to fourteen inches long, three to five inches broad; racemes erect, four to five inches long; the rachis entirely hidden by the densely crowded flowers, corolla half an inch in diameter, deep orange red, yellow in the disc. The rich color of the crowded flowers, and the very distinct character of the whole plant, render it a striking ornament of the stove.
Weigelia Middendorffiana v. pur-purata. Purple-flowered variety of Weigelia Middendorfflana. A robust-growing, hardy shrub, with handsome dark-green leaves, and large panicles of flowers, which are purplish red, shading to black at the base of the petals.
The frailness and delicate beauty of this plant, render it worthy of its name. It is found under the protection of some large rock, or decaying stump, opening its pretty pink petals, striped with red, to the gladdening sun.
Arum triphyllum, (Wild Turnep, or Indian Turnep, Jack in the Pulpit.) The curious form, rather than the beauty of this plant, attracts us. Its spathe, striped with purple and green, bending over like a friar's hood, to cover its cup, which is succeeded by a bunch of brilliant scarlet berries, always affords a theme for admiration.
A Phila-delphian. There are no better or cleaner trees for streets, than the Silver Maple, Sugar Maple and Tulip tree - not one of which, so far as we have observed, are infested with insects. Lindens and Elms are always hazardous in this respect.
Not alone should the careful horticulturist clean his garden and grounds of all noxious weeds and scattering litter, but he should clean up in the roadway fronting him, whether on his own or neighbors side. It is not specially creditable to any one to see the roadway in front of his grounds abounding in weeds or scattering litter, brush, old rails, or rotten posts, etc.; and we never enter such without regret that the owner could not be supplied with just one pair of glasses to see himself as others see him. Aside from appearance, it is a matter of economy to clean the ground adjacent and in front, if possible, of all weeds, for, if left there, seeds will surely vegetate next season in your own grounds, causing you labor and annoyance.
EDITOR Horticulturist: Your note requesting information regarding the new varieties of Clematis came to hand sometime since, and I refrained from replying until I could furnish a reliable opinion.
Last spring I imported Clematis Rubella, Prince of Wales, and Lady BovilL These varieties were recommended in the English journals as something distinct and more than worthy of cultivation. During the past season these new varieties were thoroughly tested, and I can only say this, that I am disappointed.
After having carefully tested a large number of varieties, I would advise the readers of The Horticulturist to plant Clematis Standishii, Clematis Rubro-violacea, Clematis Jackmanii, Clematis Azurea-grandiflora.
In a former communication I referred to the Clematis as a bedding plant, and can only say, that after one season's experience they have given me entire satisfaction.
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