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.
In planting ferns of all kinds, it is well to remember that they do best in coarse-grained, not sifted, soil, except, perhaps, for seedlings which are being started under glass. A very tasteful addition to the plants of this rock bed wim be a few roots of our common evergreen ivy, which will flourish beautifully, and cling to the stones over which it clambers just as upon a wall.
Another design for a fernery in a small front yard will be to build up a kind of pillar of rock-work, formed of old bricks or stones, whichever may be most convenient to obtain, leaving numerous openings on all sides, into which the ferns are to be planted, also tradescantia, saxifrage, or any other hanging plant, a hunch of handsome wall ferns, such as maiden-hair, forming a graceful tuft to crown the top. If in a very shady, damp place, the bricks will soon become green and mossy, which will greatly improve the general effect. - Harper's Bazar.
Mr. Berckmans: One of the sweetest. Promises well.
The list of climbing and trailing shrubs grown in our nurseries has become quite large, and many of them are indeed very beautiful. Outside doors should be covered with porticoes or piazzas, over which vines may be trained, and rustic arbors and supports may be made, to be covered with them. Screens should be erected before outhouses and unsightly places, and covered with some kind of vines, either shrubby or annual. In such ways a number of climbers can be employed around our dwellings, without taking up much room.
I like William Chorlton, and his way of growing grapes, and talking about them. A sensible, practical man, with no nonsense about him. Read Chorlton, wherever you find his mark. If you grow grapes, you'll be all the wiser for it; and if you don't, it will interest you.
The New York Journal of Commerce says: "The importations of foreign fruit-trees and seeds, this spring, now nearly over, are estimated to have been at least fifty per cent, in excess of those of any former year; and this branch of horticulture is fast acquiring importance. The destruction of trees by the severity of the two last winters, and the rapid settlement of Western lands, but more than all, the encouragement to the culture of domestic fruit afforded by the formation of numerous agricultural societies throughout the country, have given an impetus to this business which is quite unprecedented. Trees are imported in bales and cases, chiefly from France, England, and Scotland; and seeds are invoiced by the ton".
A very grand addition to our variegated stove plants, thus described by The Garden: "This is one of the finest white variegated plants we have ever seen. Its leaves are as large as those of Ficus elas-tica, but are thinner in texture, and coarsely serrated along their margins. They are bright green, irregularly blotched profusely with cream white and dark green." The plant is a free grower, maintaining its splendid variegations steadily, and was considered by the Royal Horticultural Society one of the finest of all variegated decorative plants introduced of late years.