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.
The Indians (of Florida) hold in great esteem all kinds of sweet hickory-nmta. They crack the nuts, and beat them in mortars; then boil in water, and save the oil. But the most favorite dish the Indians have amongst them, is corn drink seasoned with hickory-nut oil. They pick out the kernels, beat them to a paste, and boil with Indian corn flour, which, being seasoned with a lixivium made of pea-straw ashes, gives it a consistence and taste something like cream or rich new milk, and is called by the traders hickory milk. - Bartram.M.S.
A subscriber. (Berks co. Pa.) The nuts, without being permitted to become dry, should be mixed with moist peat, covered with leaves, and in this condition be exposed to the winter frosts. If carefully cracked in spring, their germination and growth would be insured.
Mr. Reid: Good. Mr. Hovey: First-rate. Mr. Field: First -rate. Mr. Carpenter: Good. Mr. Walker: Fair in fruit; upright grower; can't say a word in its favor; have cut off mine. Carried to list as promising well.
Pear on Quince taken up - Long Green of Cox stricken off. Mr. Barry said it was put on by mistake. The following were added to list of pears on quince: Beurre Superfin, Beurre Hardy, Doyenne1 d Alenc.on, Buffum, Belle Epine Dumas.
Mr. Wilder said that a cultivator in Massachusetts had procured 800 good trees on the quince from Rochester, of the Buffum, to form an orchard, so well do they do in Massachusetts. Some objection was made to its overbearing.
At an auction sale of plants in Southgate, England, a fine plant of the Cocos Weddeliana (8 feet by 7), sold for $145, and highest of the high, "An-thurium Scherzerianum" one of the original plants, and the finest specimen with the highest colored flowers in existence, for $330.
ED. Western Horticulturist: I should like to learn through The Horticulturist, or otherwise, if the High-bush Blueberry can be profitably grown for market on our mucky prairie soil. If so, where, and at what price can the plants be obtained; or if they can be raised from the seed.
I appreciate highly the monthly visits of The Horticulturist, and the information it brings; but I wish some of your correspondents would not be so modest about giving the names of parties and localities. It is profitable to know the latitude of fruit growers, though isothermal lines do not always follow parallels of latitude. A correspondent often writes of what varieties of a fruit are hardy of those he has tried, but does not make mention of those that may have failed. So if the reader has a pet sort in mind he does not know whether the writer had it among his tender ones. Silas G. Goss.
Border Plains, Ohio.
This is a new variety sent me by Charles Carpenter, Esq., of Kelley Island, Ohio. It was shown at the Ohio State Fair, Oct., 1867, by D. C. Richmond, Esq., as a seedling ; but the fruit was from a vine grown by Mr. Carpenter. The history is given as follows by our correspondent, Jason Brown, Esq., of Put-in-Bay, Ohio.