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.
No plant that I am familiar with, presents so beautiful a play of light and shade in its foliage as this. It is a fine contrast to some of the deeper-foliaged evergreens.
This new evergreen shrub is recommended by English journals for planting on terraces and in similar situations. Its form is pyramidal and elegant, the color of its leaves silvery; the young plants are very striking.
Another of Mr. Lobb's introductions, when on his Californian tour. He discovered it growing on Mount Bernadiuo. It is a fine, distinct species, the fruit of which resembles small pears when young. The berries are deep purple, with a glaucous bloom on them. It grows as a low tree, from ten to twelve feet high, and is perfectly hardy in England.
Virginiana variegata, hardy. - Sabina, hardy. - Sabina argentea, hardy. - Sabina aurea, hardy. - Tamariscifolia, hardy. - Thurifera, hardy. - Pendula, hardy; beautiful. - Excelsa, hardy. - Hibernica, hardy. - Squammata, hardy. - Recurva, hardy. - Chi-nensis, hardy.
This shrub, generally known as Laurel, is without doubt the most beautiful of our native plants, though not as showy as many of the tribe to which it belongs (the Rhododendron); for many situations it is far more desirable - being perfectly hardy, symmetric in form and invariably a profuse bloomer. There has probably been more unsuccessful attempts made to domesticate this than any shrub we possess. This is to be regretted; yet, we hope all who have tried will give it one more trial, as the writer has seen hundreds taken from the woods and planted in nursery rows, and not one in fifty fails to grow. The only necessary care to be taken is to cut all the branches to within two inches of the main stem, and plant in ordinary yellow loam, which should be enriched with well-rotted manure or leaf mould. They will make vigorous growth the first, and usually bloom the second season. For a fine effect, they should be planted in clumps of six to ten, each, upon the lawn
It would be difficult to point out a more beautiful shrub than this. I can not refer to any cultivated specimens. We have them in the woods in all their magnificence, but they are "born to blush unseen, and waste their sweetness on the desert air".
The following is a perfect copy of a letter from a correspondent of The Department of Agriculture. It will be seen that this "inside view, puts Kansas fruits in very different lights, from the puffed celebrity gained by exhibitions at Eastern fairs, Leavenworth. "We had no apples worth counting. The State Society took some premiums in the East, but it was a mere "trick of business." They solicited a few good specimens from young orchards in favorable localities and artfully showed them. up. In truth our apples are very knotty and poor, and not one-tenth of a product; not one-fourth of a supply for the people here."