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 tide of favorable opinion for heading fruit trees low for orchard culture, is now experiencing a revulsion. Orchardists, who cultivate their orchards, and are in the habit of ploughing or stirring the soil periodically, say low headed trees will not answer. It is impossible to approach near enough with the horse and implement, and hence the high standard methods of training will hardly be given up. Low training will answer for garden culture, and for orchards where there is a good deal of hand labor. Apple and Peach trees must be trained high, but Pears, we believe, are best if grown on the pyramidal system, and this must be low to attain success.
This pretty variety of the dwarf scarlet geranium, bearing flowers of a fine pink color, has been propagated and disseminated considerably by our leading florists this spring. A bed of it in our own garden has been full of bloom for a month past, and appears to be a valuable budding plant for the parterre. It blooms more freely and abundantly here than in England - where it was originated - probably from the greater abundance of sunshine which both this and the Tom Thumb scarlet, like. It is very easily propagated by cuttings, like the scarlet varieties.
The above is a new cherry figured in the London Pomologist, as having first fruited and been introduced by Mr. Rivers, of Saw-bridgeworth. It is described as being long, heart-shape in form, bright, clear red in color, pale yellow, half tender juicy flesh, and ripening early, or about the last of June. Judging from the figure and description, it gives little promise of value in this country.
Fig. 28. - Ludwig's Bigarreau Cherry.
A very distinct variety of this ornamental annual; the flowers of a delicate pale blue, pink at the edges. A garden variety.
This is a new variety of winter Pear, raised from seed by George Hoodley, Esq., of Cleveland. It resembles the " Martin See" somewhat, in size and form, but a little larger. It has all the sugary character of that variety, with more jniciness, and a melting, buttery texture. It ripens in January. For a full description, $ee revised editions (now in press) of American Fruit Growers' Guide.
This has been very generally introduced in this city the past winter, and rapidly became a favorite with the ladies for their window gardens. Most of the first plants came from the greenhouses of Olm Bros., who seem to have had splendid success in growing this as well as other rare and delicate plants.
The leaves are palmated, perhaps two to three inches long and less than half an inch wide; delicately cut edges, apparently embroidered. It grows six to ten feet in one season, and, once carried to the window and trained up the white lace curtains, makes a splendid contrast. Trained around a picture frame or hanging gracefully over an easel, the long, swaying stems and branches make it well adapted for parlor gardening. It must be watered regularly and plentifully. It will keep green all winter, after which cut off the old growth, put away until wanted, when start new again.