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.
These for the northern part of the United States are few. The five-parted fern, climbing in New England trees, and other objects, as near Hartford, and in a few places about Springfield and Amherst, is the best one familiar to us. But the climbing ferns of the tropics and other parts of the world are numerous. Quite a number are to be seen of them under the care of Mr. Sanders, of the Agricultural Department at Washington, amid the other tropical ferns of the new plant house.
So wo divest, little by little, these plants of the superstitious fears of disease or ill, and behold in ferns the beauty of their admirable structure.
This will prove a valuable acquisition as a pillar rose for greenhouses at the North, and for out-of-door culture South, as it will no doubt prove entirely hardy in most situations south of Baltimore. It grows to the height of six to ten feet in one season, blooming monthly. The bud is of a rich dark crimson, getting somewhat lighter when expanded. Tea fragrance. It is probably a " sport" from the well-known monthly crimson rose Agrippina; but its quick, vigorous growth makes it valuable as a climber. It was raised by Mr. James Sprunt, of Kee-nansville, N.C., the same gentleman to whom we are indebted for the far-famed yellow tea rose "Isabella Sprunt."
Gloire de Rosamene, scarlety crimson, brilliant. Continuous-blooming Climbing Roses of Peculiar Character. - Prudence Roeser, pink, with fawn centre; Aimee Vibert scandens, similar, but a climber; La Biche, white, centre flesh. Noisettes. - Madame Masset and Madame Sohultz.
But few plants under cultivation; was, as usual, fine; only fit to eat when very ripe.
Spoken of in the highest terms by some of our most experienced cultivators; one, indeed - Mr. Edward Tatnall, well known to the horticultural world - thinks if he had but one variety to select, he would choose Clinton; personally, I am unacquainted with this grape.
Many of our readers know and have admired the beautiful low-growing, annual plant, clintonia pulchella. In M. Van Houtte's Flor. des Serres, there are figured three pretty varieties; they are of similar growth, size, and habit, as the above-named species, the difference is in the flowers. Var. a: the flowers are blue, with a large white centre, tinged with yellow at the eye. Var. b: the flowers are white, tinged at the eye with yellow. Var. c: the flowers are of a violet color, with a large white centre, tinged at the eye with yellow. They are very distinct varieties, neat and pretty. The Clintonia pulchella differs from the C. elegans principally by the upper lobes of the blossom, which are divergent, and not contiguous.