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This peach is the first to ripen. The fruit is of medium size, nearly round, skin mottled red, flesh white, juicy, and high flavored, but rots badly.
Of the Light Colors (pink, pale rose, blush and white), Lady Armstrong, Stella, Elfrida, Purity, Concessum, Azure-urn, Perfection, Odoratum, Album elegans, Album grandifljorum and Lady Eleanor Cathcart .
For Crimson, Mrs . Milner, Fleur de Marie Alarm, Vandyck, H . H . Hunnewell, H . W . Sargent .
For Blood Red, Atrosanguineum,
For Scarlet, Titian, Mrs, Bovill, Brayanum .
For Lilac, the favorite Ecerestianum and
Fastuosum, both great bloomers .
W. P. (Auburn, N. Y.) Chinese Azaleas are almost hardy. Messrs. Hogg, of N. Y., keep them in common frames - a box of boards covered with glass- - and the latter sheltered by a few mats in very severe weather. Most of the Fuchsias may be wintered in a pit without heat - especially if the pit is dry and sunk a couple of feet below the level of the ground. We doubt if the Araucaria or Chili Pine will prove hardy with you. IŁ it does, it will only be on very dry, sandy soil. Plumbago Larpenta is found hardy about New-York, in a dry soil and a shaded situation. It bloomed abundantly and was very showy from August to November.
An Amateur, (Richmond, Va.) All the pomegranates, both fruit-bearing and flowering varieties, will succeed with you if trained on a north wall or building, and the roots covered a foot deep with tan-bark in winter, and tops protected by a double matting. We do not think the Norfolk Island Pine will thrive out of a green-house with you. Cunninghamia sinensis is perfectly hardy south of New-York, and Cryptomeria even north of it.
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Last winter we saw at the American Institute a new hand hoe or weeder, which seemed to us to possess merit, and we recommended that the inventor should be requested to have it manufactured for sale. This is now being done by Messrs. Haines and Pell. We present an engraving, which will give the reader a better idea of the implement than a mere description by words. It can be closed or expanded, and thus adapted to any ordinary width of row. It runs easily, and can be worked by a boy. "We have not given it an actual trial in the garden, but we think it is worthy of consideration. Mr. Halstead, the inventor, is a working gardener, and has used it for some time. We believe he has produced something which will be useful to his craft.