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.
Hardy herbaceous plants should be transplanted as early as the ground can be worked freely. After planting, cover the crowns with an inch or two of leaf mold or chip dirt, as it will greatly assist them in resisting the freezing and thawing until the full opening of spring. In digging over beds of herbaceous plants, be careful, as many plants, like peonias, campanulas, etc., are often destroyed by spading or forking, and thus destroying their crowns, ere they have shown their buds above ground. It is always well to be in time; but better wait, a day or two more rather than dig, until each plant can be distinctly traced in its position.
The reports of the committees of last year and this year arc before the public; but committees are expected generally beforehand, owing to the courtesies they receive, to give a good word for their patrons. The best way to judge a fruit is to go alone, and be under no obligations. If our opinion is desired, we would frankly admit, from the little we have seen, that the Herstine is a good variety, and equal to what has been modestly (not extravagantly) claimed for it - a good productive, large, red raspberry, growing well on light or heavy soils. The Saunders is not, in our opinion, equal to the necessary test for market purposes ; is somewhat of the same character as the Brinckles Orange ; choice, but not over vigorous or productive - a good amateur variety.
Hardy, vigorous, and productive; clusters compact, and of medium size; berries round; aroma slightly foxy; flesh sweet and pulpy. Ripens at Washington early in August, and is best adapted to the central states and the north.
A handsome evergreen shrub, resembling I. cornuta when young, but having, when more mature, broad entire leaves. It becomes very ornamental when loaded with its red berries, which come in umbels from the axils of the leaves. North of China.
This remarkably showy stove plant has firm, almost leathery, ovate leaves, which are coarsely toothed, and brilliant flowers, of a vermilion-scarlet color, darker towards the base of the petals. The flowers are semi-double - the petals very much waved and recurved, forming an irregular undulated mass four inches across, from which three partially petaloid staminal columns project two inches. The brilliant and attractive flowers are remarkable for the absence of formality - the shape being wild - and abounding in fantastic curves; but, nevertheless, they are remarkably handsome. Imported from the South Sea Islands.- William Bull.
Common in the Calcutta Gardens, but raised from seeds received from Mr. Wilson, superintendent " of the late Botanic Garden at Bath, in the Island of Jamaica. I say late, an awful avalanche of stones having recently overwhelmed the Garden." - (Ibid., t. 5,098).
Thanks for these records; but will not Mr. Hick's give us a little more of detailed description? From these descriptions, the maker-up of a descriptive list of apples or pears would have but a sorry show, and in absence of a specimen would not know whether to class the apple among red, white, or green; or whether best as compared with Golden High Top Bough or other sweets.