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.
Prof. Gray stated in substance, in a late address, in speaking of the Sequoia of California, that the largest of these trees cannot much overdate the Christian era - that other trees in other parts of the world may be older; that certain Australian trees 'eucalypti) may be taller - so that they might even cast a flicker of shadow on the summit of the pyramid of Cheops - yet the oldest of these all grew from seed shed long after the names of the pyramid builders were forgotten. We may add that the ages of the largest California trees, which were hollow, were first estimated by counting the remaining rings, to have been growing in the days of the prophet Elijah - but it has since been discovered that the inner portions grew more rapidly than the later and exterior parts, and the estimate supposed erroneously that all were alike. When this error is corrected, the age is found not to exceed about two thousand years. Country Gentleman.
Blue, white, and yellow, very delicate and pretty, makes excellent beds growing nine inches high.
This has become a current expression, used to express anything unusually fine. We never supposed it could be applied to the pursuit of Pomology, but it seems to have been done, and in the following way: A fruit - grower in Western New York (as stated by E. Moody, of Lookport), took a quantity of Bartlett pears of prime quality and packed them in two similar barrels. The fruit in one barrel was carefully wrapped in pink tissue paper and the barrel lined very neatly with the same. The fruit in the other barrel was also carefully handled and nicely packed, but not wrapped in tissue paper, nor the barrel lined with it. When sent to market the first barrel sold for $15, the other barrel brought $5. So much for the "Gilt Edge."
Fit in a piece of bark from the limb of another apple tree, either all round, or on one side of the spot that has been girdled. If you do it neatly, binding the whole uptight, and covering it from the air by a plaster of grafting clay, the strip of bark will unite like a graft, and the tree will be saved.
We have received a sample of this preparation from Mr. Bridgeman, 878 Broadway, N. Y., for trial. It is certainly effectual on the Green Fly and Bed Spider, and we are led to believe, from what we know, and from the recommendations accompanying it, that it will destroy most of the insects which prey upon plants; probably all. We shall give it a thorough trial on all. We hope such of our readers as may try it will give us the result.
We made a brief visit to Jersey City a few days since, and stopped at Mr. John Henderson's, where we saw immense quantities of Fuchsias and Verbenas in the finest possible condition, these being his specialties. We then went round to Mr. Peter Henderson's, who grows Roses on a great scale. We saw probably not far from ten thousand Roses in pots, all in the best possible condition, and coming on finely for market. We have been promised some statistics on the "Rose trade " which will be interesting. We shall make more such visits soon.