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.
An example of an enormous yield in a pear-tree in Devonshire, is thus mentioned in the Cottage Gardener - the kind was the Windsor: "The branches of the tree commenced at seven feet from the ground, where the tree is about a foot in diameter. It has been planted thirty years, and in the summer referred to it produced 5,500 pears. So great was the weight, that, notwithstanding it was supported by numerous strong props, the tree was split in two in the bole, beginning where the branches spring off, and extending for two feet down the stem, leaving a yawning chasm in which a man's head could be placed. The split portions of the tree were afterwards drawn together by strong iron bolts".
A Two-pound Strawberry! - We take the following as we find it from the London Illustrated News, where it appears as if in good faith: -
I do not see how the Committee could do otherwise than as they did in this matter. If these committee awards were to have any influence on the public, then we might perhaps regret the causes which led to their present decision; but we doubt if a good horticulturist in the country, will be swayed one iota by this or the former premium award on the Baldwin apple. Not one vine or tree, of either sort, more will they plant.
President, Joseph F. Ballenger. Vke-Presidents, Samuel Armstrong, Jacob Bowman, Hiram Ellis, A. Potts. H. Van Aradule., Secretary, Dr. O. Armstrong. Assistant Secretary, J. S. Vedder. Treasurer, J. E. Brace.
A very hardy, good flavored, and beautifully curled variety. The head, when well grown, will spread two feet in diameter. The beginning of May is soon enough to sow the seed, and the plants may finally be put out two feet apart. The tops are ready for use through the winter, and, where the climate is very severe, it is best to lay the plants down in the following manner: Remove the soil (about six inches deep) along one side of a row, and close to the stems; afterwards, bend them over into this excavation; they will then lie sideways, with the roots firm in the ground, and as they grow. In opening the next trench, cover the stalks of the former row with the earth taken out of this, and so on over the whole piece. Throw over the tops of any kind of clean haulm, or straw, to keep off the sun's rays when in a frozen state, and the heads may be cut as wanted.
England surpasses the world in the peculiar beauty of her green lanes. Italy has its skies; Greece its classic ruins; Egypt its pyramids; Switzerland its Alps; Germany its Rhine; America its Niagara; but none of these has a green lane such as there are thousands of in England. The green lane is essentially English, and is confined to England. There are green. lanes neither in Scotland nor Ireland, we mean grassy roads, arrayed in greenery, shaded by lofty old hedges, Beach trees, alders or willows, leading to some quiet cot or farm house, or range of pasture lands, and often leading one merely to some other green lanes or series of lanes branching off to right or left, which are there seemingly without any other purpose than that they are there to feast the eyes of country strollers with the sight of their quiet green beauty."