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 great novelty from Germany. This will prove one of the most attractive additions to any collection. A free and robust grower, and apparently a very free bloomer; sepels white, tipped with green, and beautifully reflexed; tube a delicate blush; corolla a blush pink or rose, striped with white.
There are some kinds that are difficult to grow into handsome plants, (although not impossible,) on account of their slender habit; but still there is a use for them, and one that will show them off to advantage, by training them up a rafter of the greenhouse. Those adapted for this purpose are, Resplendent, Rhoik, Banks's Glory, and Viola Flora Plena. The last named is a beautiful double variety, and, above all others, adapted for this purpose, for it will grow ten or twelve feet in one season. It flowers, also, somewhat later in the season than most others. Those named are all dark varieties, but there are two others lately introduced that will answer this purpose: Lady of the Lake and Empress Eugenie. They have white corollas, but are of a more tender growth.
An English paper speaks of the astounding luxuriance of the old red fuchsia in Ireland, near Carlingford Bay.
It assumes the proportions of trees, mounts above the eaves and chimneys, and shades the windows with big clustering sprays of tiny, dark-green leaves, and deep scarlet, waxen bells. Many of these shrubs must be of patriarchal age, for their trunks are gnarled, and tough as oak; but the older they are, the more determined is their perseverance in showering around an exhaustless wealth of hardy grace and color. In one or two instances the dwellings were completely hidden, and turned into bowers, by this quaintly beautiful plant or tree.
" Only bears well when top-worked, but is hardy either way."
In all our larger cities flowers form a large source of revenue to florists who make bouquets, etc., a specialty. In New York, the aggregate sum spent yearly on flowers is immense. Upon funeral flowers, especially, large sums are expended. The following will show the prices paid for leading sorts in winter: The price of a handsome basket is from five to fifty dollars. Bouquets can be made at from three to twenty-five dollars. Single rosebuds cost twenty-five cents, and carnations twenty cents. Smilax is sold at one dollar a yard, and violets by the dozen at twelve cents. . One spray of lilies of the valley costs twenty-five cents.
We notice one of our enterprising fruitgrowers and nurserymen, F. K. Phoenix, of Illinois, is writing his knowledge to the London Journal of Horticulture. The west of the United States is full of horticultural knowledge, and our old - country friends will find the writings of many fruitgrowers in the Western States to embody fresh and lively thoughts, although sometimes, perhaps, a little wanting in the making up, by reason of lack of experience.