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.
This new variety from New Orleans has, in my garden - this its first season of bearing north - proved a perfect failure.' The plants are very strong and vigorous; the blossoms large and distinctly staminate; the berry of rather light color, nearly round, of rich, high flavor when ripe, but a moderate bearer, and no appearance, thus far this season, of prolonging the season of strawberries north, as it has ceased bearing.
Editor Hort: In answer to numerous inquiries per mail, permit me to say the "Crescent Seed ling" Strawberry plants, can be obtained of the originator, Henry Lawrence Esq., 3d Municipality, New-Orleans, at $8.00 per 100.
Mr. Lawrence writes me, under date of the 7th inst., saying, " I have had strawberries on my table since the 4th of January last, And at the present time have them in the greatest abun-dance, the average weight being one ounce, and about three inches in circumference; this will continue without intermission, until the middle of August".
As soon as my plants exhibit their habit of bearing in this northern climate, I will report the same to your readers. R. 6. Pardee. Palmyra, N. Y., April 16,1852.
Wc first saw this grape in Philadelphia at the Pomological Society, and subsequently received a box of it from Mr. Goodwin, of Kingston, Pa., from a bunch of which our engraving was made. This grape resembles somewhat the Isabella, but is still quite distinct from it. The bunch is rather narrower, the coloring matter of the skin is of a deep purple, the berries are covered with a thick bloom, and it ripens much earlier. It is a sweet and pleasant grape, and of value for its early maturity.
We expected to have presented the Creveling grape last month as a frontispiece, but it was destroyed by fire, and could not be reproduced in time. As an early grape, the Creveling deserves much consideration, especially in localities where but one or two of our best varieties will mature. It is equal to the Isabella, and at least as early as the Hartford Prolific. It has less of the native aroma, and does not drop its fruit like the latter. During the cold winter of 1860-1 we found it among the hardiest of vines, and we think it will take a wide range of latitude.
These are generally too much crowded in pot culture; a single root put in a small pot, will give a dozen fine flowers at least, expanded at the same time, of larger size than will be got from three roots in the tame size pot. Those who doubt this, have only to make the experiment to be convinced. But these and Hyacinths or Tulips grown in pots, should as soon as potted be plunged under coal ashes, saw-dust or old tan, for six weeks. This may be done in a cellar or out house, and they can then be taken out any time during winter, and be forwarded to bloom in a green-house, or sitting-room.
We have received specimens of this apple from 8. E. Thompson, Esq., Vienna, Dorchester County, Md. It is said to have originated in that county, but it is not known by whom. We do not recognize the fruit as any variety heretofore noticed. Fruit, medium size, oblate conic, flattened at base and crown, slightly angular; skin whitish, somewhat waxen, sometimes with a slight blush, and thinly sprinkled with light and green dots; stalk short, set in a large, deep cavity, slightly russeted; calyx closed; segments medium length, erect or slightly recurved; basin rather large, abrupt, slightly uneven; flesh whitish, crisp, tender, juicy, with a refreshing sub-acid flavor; quality very good; ripe 1st to 10th of August, or ten or twelve days after early harvest.