Fall Tree Planting

The earlier in autumn that tree planting is performed the better, provided the wood has matured. It is not requisite that the leaf has fallen; but in transplanting, the leaf should be removed ere the tree is dug from the ground; keep the roots from drying cold winds or clear hot suns, and when setting spread them out regularly, and see that fine earth is next against each and every fiber; for where one root is laid against another without soil intervening, it is liable to dry and decay, and often destroy the whole tree. Do not pour water in among the roots at this time of year, but press and mingle the earth carefully with the hand and spreading fingers. Mound up around the tree earth about eight inches high, to assist it in retaining its upright position and also to carry off surplus water, for no matter how carefully the tree be planted, if water is permitted to stand around it and soak the roots from day to day, it may be expected to die.

The Fameuse

The Western Farmer thinks this apple should be classified among winter apples, instead of fall apples, as it generally is. We think so as much, or which is more definite, late fall and early winter.

Family Attachment

Two little African children, who are connected by a strong ligament below the spine, are exhibited in London; they are called the African sisters, and excite the interest of the Siamese twins. They are very lively, and laugh, chatter and tumble about with as much enjoyment as other children.

Fancy Prices For Plants

At a recent sale of rare plants by Messrs. Backhouse, of York, England, the Country Gentleman says: "A mass of the Oncidium tigrinum, consisting of about thirty bulbs, sold for $150. Smaller plants or masses brought $15 to $60. A strong plant of Oncidium macranthum was sold for $45, and other plants, all of the same species, from $17 to $37. Many other plants, mostly rare Orchids, brought prices nearly as high/'


It would be difficult to embody the idea of rural far-niente more fully than in an extract of a letter from a country gentleman, who unconsciously lets out the following sentiment in a communication we have lately received! "The remains of my evergreens are looking well, except where the borer is topping them. I have abandoned them to the laws of nature and to an ever-watchful Providence".

The Farley Blackberry

Mr. A. M. Burns, of Manhattan, Kansas, writes us regarding a blackberry which he has known some years as the Farley. Its origin and history seem untraceable, beyond its having first been received by Mr. Burns from a friend in Pennsylvania, who obtained it of a man by the name of Farley. Mr. Burns states it to be " not quite as large as the Lawton," but to "ripen two weeks earlier, and in quality the best berry grown" We hope he will give us a more perfect account of it for our readers, as accounts of new and valuable varieties of small fruits are of great interest to the commercial as well as to the grower for family use.