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.
It has also been called Pon-tederia tricolor. A Brazilian aquatic plant. Its flowers are purple, blue, and white - Ibid., t. 5020.
The elder, Sambucus, is well known, and to describe it would be useless. What we now want to suggest is, that there are many places where it may be grown and trimmed as a hedge screen plant, and at the same time produce a quantity of flowers and fruit valuable as medicinal or esculent matter. Deep, rich, moist soils suit it best, although winter occasionally kills its strong, coarse shoots when left to itself. We have found that by annual summer pruning we keep it in check, and during the winter only a few of its weak terminal shoots die away. There are several varieties of the elder, and a hedge formed of the varieties when in flower or fruit would be really a beautiful feature to any grounds.
Perhaps the largest application of the Electrotype, or Galvanoplastic process, mentioned in a former page, has been made in the Cathedral of St. Isaac, at St. Petersburg. The dome is superbly electro-gilded with two hundred and forty-seven pounds of ducat gold; the metal employed in its construction is - copper, 52) tons; brass, 321 1/2 tons; wrought iron, 524 1/2 tons; oast iron, 1,068 tons. Total, 1,966 1/5 tons!
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A good little grape - sweet, but too small, except for the amateur's collection.
Emily mildewed badly with a friend near Germantown.
An old and well-known sort without which no collection can be complete. The tree is an open, spreading grower, a good bearer, of a large, very handsome fruit of a light yellow ground mostly overspread, shaded, and mottled with red; the flesh firm, juicy, sweet, and very high flavored. It is a profitable and good sort for market or table use.
Mr. Wilder: A seedling of Mr. Berckmans'. I cannot do without the B. d'Aremberg in winter, but I cannot grow it successfully, and I am glad to find this pear takes its place in flavor and quality, and grows better with me. Mr. Cabot: In favor. Fruit of first quality. But the tree is rather thorny. Mr. Berckmans: The tree is straggling in its growth - stands the winter well on the quince. Mr. Coit, Conn.: Double worked on quince; it is very fine.