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.
A new and elegant variety, producing fine strong racemes of flowers of a light yellow ground beautifully marked with deep orange and soft carmine.
Bright, vivid rose. A great improvement on Madame Fermion.
Messrs. Thorburn & Co. inform us that they have ordered this pencil, and we are glad to hear it Something of the kind has long been needed, and we hope it may prove what it has been represented.
Mr. Barker, of Hartford, has sent us this new tea rose, lately originated by the French. It is large, full, and fragrant, and promisee to be one of the best of its class.
An English farmer, in examining lately an unpainted larch gate put up more than twenty years ago, found it in a very serviceable state without repair. A neighbor of his put up at the same time a larch and an oaken gate post and found the larch post to last the longest.
A correspondent of the Maine Farmer, highly recommends the growing of dwarf apple trees. He says, in order to bear well, the trees should have rich culture, as the roots are short and do not range off for substance like standard. Claims that his dwarfs have paid for all cost and trouble several times over - would not sell one tree for what a dozen cost.
Per contra, another correspondent of the same paper writes: "I have had some experience with dwarf apple trees, but would not recommend them unless a person has not sufficient ground room for setting out standards. In my experience I find that one thrifty standard tree will yield as much fruit as half a dozen dwarf trees.
Blue and white; eight inches high; opens only in the morning - blooms all the season.
Dwarf Dahlias may be produced by bending down the stems while young, and keeping them in the required position with pegs.. When cultivated in this manner, they grow into large masses, and produce a fine effect; at the same time, they can be conveniently cohered during the early autumn frosts, and their beauty retained for a much longer period.
The Rural New Yorker recommends the budding of this beautiful shrub on plum stocks, for giving a handsome form like miniature trees. A small head is first formed to the plum stock about three feet high, by cutting back at that point, giving three or four side shoots. These are budded in summer with the almond, and treated as other budded trees. It is recommended also to work the new and beautiful Prunus trilobata in the same way.
The smallest of the savoy class, and the best, in all respects, for the kitchen. Color, deep green, nearly to the centre of the heart, which is not very compact. Leaves, thick, fleshy, and rugose. If sown in the open ground, from the middle to the last of March, according to latitude, this sort will be ready in September. Plant eighteen inches asunder.
This is another very pretty fruit, seldom cultivated. The plants grow only two or three feet high, but bear a profusion of dark-purple berries. It is not particularly valuable, except for children and birds; but these have wants which should be supplied.