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I am not prepared to speak very positively of the yield. Undoubtedly it will usually be less than that of ordinary Potatoes. In the hot, moist season of 1851, however, the yield was very large, and the whole cost of production not more than that of ordinary Potatoes by the bushel.
A fine variety of the common Foxglove, the flowers white or flesh-color, with deep blotches of crimson, resembling a Gloxinia.
A busy man, says Fraser's Magazine, finds a relish in simple recreations; while a man who has nothing to do, finds all things wearisome, and thinks that life is Used up; you cannot excite his interest by any amusement which is not highly spiced with the cayenne of vice. It was a glass of water the wicked old Frenchwoman was drinking when she said, "Oh, that this were a sin to give it a relish." Give me the man, I say, who can turn his hand to all things, and who is not ashamed to confess that he can do bo. Who can preach a sermon, nail up a paling, prune a fruit tree, make a water wheel for his little boy, write an article for Fraser, or a leader for the Times, or the Spectator.
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In the "Foreign Notices" last month, occurred the synonyme of Diervilla for Dielytra spectabilis. It was, no doubt, a slip of memory on the part of the paper from which we copied; it should be Dicentra.
Mr. Chorlton has sent us some very fine roots of the Dioscorea, weighing two and a half pounds each. We have eaten nothing better in this way.
A handsome-foliage stove climber, imported from Rio Grande do Sul. The stems are wiry; the leaf-stalks angular. The leaves arc cordate sagittate, about six inches across, abruptly apiculate, and produced at the base into two bluntish lobes, which are three inches across; the blade from the petiole to the tip measuring about five inches. The size and marking of the leaf are the peculiar features of the plant. There is an irregular central band of silvery gray, and a few angular patches of the same color generally placed in juxtaposition with the ribs, of which there are four on each side the costa. The surface is a satiny green, shaded with olive green, and marked by fine, transverse, whitish, parallel lines between the nerves, a third series of irregular virulets crossing between the latter. The under surface is purple.- William Bull
A correspondent of the Sacramento Journal having heard that one of the objections raised against the new potato was that the Chinese themselves knew little about it, he made inquiry among the Chinese shops, and was successful at the first place he called. The storekeeper could not understand him, nor could the purchaser Am, except when the inquirer picked up the roots to examine, when he said: "Good - all same as potato; mak'ee boil; two bits pound." This sets at rest one of the great arguments of certain doubters. We have said from the first, wait in patience till the roots grow before condemning them in toto. Time sufficient to prove them has not yet elapsed.