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.
Recently, while visiting a lady friend, who has great skill and taste in drying and displaying flowers and grasses, both in bo-quets and on paper, we were reminded of how little labor is requisite in the practice, and of how much and lasting enjoyment they contributed. The process is simply care to gather the flowers when they are perfectly free from exterior moisture, arranging them carefully and tastefully, and placing them immediately between the leaves of a book, where they soon dry, retaining their colors.
The family of ferns, both native and for-' eign, are beautiful, as well as curious, and, dried, hold their color perfectly. Ladies will find a little practice in this labor very pleasant and satisfactory in its results.
There is, probably, no cause so injurious in its effects, especially at this time of the year, as drip in plant habitations, but more especially in cold frames and pits. Great care must betaken loth to prevent it, and, when it takes place, to neutralise its almost murderous effects. Various schemes have been devised for the purpose, such, for instance, as gutters cut in the rafters and ribs of the lights, to convey the accumulated drops to a front pipe, and by this to be conveyed away outside; but the grand preventive is good glazing, and such an inclination of the lights as will send the condensed water off quickly, before it has time to collect into drops. If, therefore, the drip is observed to fall upon the plants, let the glazing be carefully examined and re
It has now been several years since this valuable late Peach has borne with us, and it has proved uniformly excellent through all the varying seasons. It ripens about the same time as Crawford's Late, and is superior to this, to the President, Morns' White, and other late Peaches, in flavor. Average specimens this year measured seven to seven and a half inches in circumference, and although the stone is small and thin, so thick is the flesh that it gives the Peach rather an ovate form - the model form for Peaches. We have given specimens to different nomologists, and they have uniformly pronounced it the best late Peach of its season. This is the sort that is placed by Elliott's late work on fruits, on the rejected list, as unworthy of any cultivation whatever. - Country Gentleman.
We are indebted to J. J. Thomas for an opportunity of tasting this Peach in perfection, and we unhesitatingly class it with the very best late varieties.
I am glad to see Mr. Barry out so plainly in remarks on this and others of our apples, which, although of not the highest rank in quality as table fruits, nevertheless meet the wants of an immense territory and people who must and will have fruits, and who, if the best can not be grown, adapt themselves to their location and enjoy a Duchess of Oldenburgh, grown in their own grounds, just as much as Mr. Barry would an Early Joe or Garden Royal. It is singular that a recent work on Apples alone, should ignore the identity of Boro-vitsky and Duchess of Oldenburgh, but so it is.