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.
At the meeting of this Society held Friday evening last, C Hills exhibited Bed Antwerp, Franconia, and Yellow Magnum Bonum Raspberries; Bed and White Dutch Currants; and NeeedhanM's New White Blackberry. The last named, if the specimens exhibited may be taken as a fair sample of the fruit, is one of those horticultural humbugs so frequently imposed upon amateurs by unscrupulous sharpers, Mrs. Kilbourne sent in a magnificent specimen of the Yucca, a beautiful though much neglected flowering plant, the flowers in bloom on two spikes numbering nearly three hundred. Miss Callie Murrat contributed a very handsome boquet. Mr. BaRnet exhibited a fine boquet, and a superior lot of vegetables, A. Thomson, some rare flowers and fine specimens of the Moorpark Apricot - Olentangy Gazette.
One of our correspondents from Vernon County, Missouri, writes us that an apple under this name was a valuable variety, and a favorite with old and young when he was a resident - a little west of Baltimore, Md. Our correspondent describes this apple as, "Flat, with a red cheek; good for any use; cooks in a trice; especially fine for table and for apple-butter making; neither sweet or acid, only delicious, and ripens late in August. A small, umbrella-topped tree, throwing its branches out horizontally." Our correspondent suggests that perhaps David Prough, near Freedom, Carroll County, Md., who is now the owner of the property on which this fruit is growing, may give us some insight of its history. Our correspondent seems to regard this as one of the good things not to be lost without a struggle, and we therefore hope some of our readers in Maryland will give it attention. Perhaps N. H. Gore, of Freedom, Carroll County, will write us something of it.
This is pretty strong evidence in favor of the American origin of this fine fruit. Does the opposing party give it up yet? Some genius has been lately trying to prove that the Isabella is a foreign sort too. I wonder if we have any native fruits.
We are indebted to George W. Campbell, Esq., of Delaware, Ohio, for samples of the Delaware Grape, which equals the description in Downing's new edition, where much of interest will be found regarding the new varieties. The Delaware is a great acquisition. The Diana is now ripe in our garden, and comes next in our estimation to the Rebecca and Delaware. The Conoord is much esteemed in the Northern and Eastern States, because it ripens early, but we do not find it equal to the Catawba in any respect.
The biggest day of the season just past was 160 cars, carrying about 500,000 quarts. The season promised abundantly, but was very late in Delaware, while early in New Jersey. The consequence was a tremendous arrival of fruit on the same day from both sections, which, added to the fruit already arriving from Maryland, produced a demoralization of the market, such as never was witnessed before. Just at that time occurred a few days unparalleled heat, and the berries wilted, the plants were scorched, and the berries just forming were killed. Thus the crop of the Delaware Peninsula was shortened fully one-half. From a personal visit to the strawberry fields, we judge that the profits of the business will not average over the cost of marketing but $25 to $50 per acre, which certainly will not pay for land, labor, manure and baskets. In short, the strawberry season of 1874 is to the grower one of decided dissatisfaction: no profits and some loss.