Magnitude Of The Strawberry Business

Very few know how many strawberries are sent to our large Eastern markets. We are able to give approximate estimates of the yield for this season.

Norfolk, Va., shipped to New York, this spring, about 1,200,000 quarts. Delaware and Maryland sent to Philadelphia and New York about 3,000,000 quarts. The crop of Southern and middle New Jersey, sent to Philadelphia and New York, was about 1,000,000 quarts. From Northern New Jersey, Hudson River, Connecticut and Long Island, about 1,000,000 quarts were raised. Boston receives about 500,000 quarts during the season ; so that the aggregate of strawberries consumed in three great cities, and produced in a belt of country reaching from South Carolina to Maine, is about 7,000,000 quarts annually. The value, this year, is about twenty cents net per quart to the grower.

Magnolia Caupbellii

This is a large forest tree abounding on the outer ranges of Sikkim, at elevations of 8 - 10,000 feet, appearing on the road above Pacheem, and thence ascending to the top of Sinchul 8000 feet, and Tonglo 10,000 feet ; though occa" sionally seen on the central ranges at the same elevations, it is much less frequent. The trunk is straight, often 80 feet high, and 12 to 20 in girth, covered with black bark. The flowers are produced abundantly in April, at the end of all the branches, when the tree is yet perfectly leafless; they vary from white to deep rose colour or utmost crimson, and in size from 6 to 10 inches (in diameter.) In May the tree is in full leaf, and the fruit ripens in October, when a few small and often deformed flowers are sometimes produced. The branch represented by Mr. Fitch only bears three flowers and a bud, and yet it is with difficulty included within the pace of 224 square inches.

Mahonias

One of our correspondents has received from Europe, eight new kinds of Mahonia; two of them are charged at $25, the Mahonia Bealii. We shall thus soon have variety and a great choice in these beautiful plants.

Mahonia Aquifolia - Holly-Leaved Berberry

This is an indispensable plant for the foreground of a winter landscape, but requires to be shaded from the sun and planted on dry soil. It is very ornamental when in flower. B. fasicularis is also admirably adapted for undergrowth in ornamental plantations.

Mahonia Japonica

This is one of the loveliest new plants, perfectly hardy, and recently introduced from Japan. It has a large leaf, and fine flower. It may be seen both at Mr. T. Meehan's, Germantown, and Mr. Buist's. A valued correspondent (Mr. W. N. White, of Georgia) writes us: "Just now, my great favorite is the Mahonia Japonic. My best is some three feet high, covered by thousands of small, golden bells, springing out from the evergreen foliage, and what a lovely, cheerful green it is 1 - a most attractive sight. What an improvement on the aquifolia 1" It is, indeed.

Maiden's Blush

Commended by numerous gentlemen, especially for its fine looks and for market Some like it for cooking and for the table; does well in all parts of the State - is larger and of less flavor south than north. Recommended with several dissents.