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.
We named this shrub in our list of choice varieties in the first volume of the Record, and we again call attention to it, for it is worthy of a special notice. The flowers are quite double, pure white within and a deep pink without; the strong contrast between the two colors gives the flower spikes a very unique and pretty appearance. It forms a shrub from four to six feet, of a dense, compact habit. The plants are now offered at a very low price, and no one should fail to procure this really very desirable shrub.
The catalogue for 1857 of Dexter Snow, Chicopee, Mass., is one of the neatest things of the kind we have seen. Cultivating the verbena only, he has given a complete treatise on his particular favorite which all admirers of this beautiful plant should possess and study. His plan of doing business is direct and understandable. He will send by mail, or in boxes by express, and will fill several orders from the same town to save cost of carriage *, his prices are moderate, his plants the newest and best.
Mr. Snow has inaugurated a new era in plant growing, and we take pleasure in making it known. (See Advertisement).
I have a fine patch of this plant now about four feet high and growing vigorously. The foliage resembles very much the Dioscorea villosa, so common in our low grounds. I can see no reason why it should not be extensively cultivated, as it flourishes without any special care, and seems well suited to our climate.
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We have nearly ready for publication, engravings of these two fruits for the ensuing volume. '
La it generally known that another beautiful Dicentra is very plentiful in some parts of Pennsylvania? The D. cucul-laria is found in vast quantities in shady woods on the banks of the Schuylkill, Brandywine, Chester Creek, and probably other streams. The flowers are of a beautiful white, the shape suggesting the idea of breeches, and the foliage is exquisitely delicate and beautiful. This bears cultivation better than many wood plants, provided it is allowed a shady place. On the north side of a building, with plenty of leaf mould about it, it will thrive well and bloom freely. In the olden time, when Dr. Darlington's Flora Cestrica was authority, we called this plant Corydalis Cucullaria. A division of the genera has deprived it of its pleasant name, and it has been for some years bandied about as Dielytra and Diclytra, but now probably it may be allowed to rest as Dicentra.- Journal of the Farm.