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.
Large, close head, leaves whitish green; tender, crisp, and sweet flavored. A fine Lettuce for spring and fall use.
This is a somewhat remarkable Plum, from its shape - having a neck like some Pears, and a small knob, or mamelone, as the French term it, at the base of the stalk. It is of excellent quality, hardy, and prolific, and therefore well deserving of cultivation even in moderately large collections. We received it from France eight or ten years ago. Fruit - medium-sized, oval, tapering toward the apex, and a well-marked suture on one side. Stalk - small, inserted without depression. Skin - color of the Green Gaffe, greenish-yellow, marbled in the sun with red. Flesh - greenish-yellow, sweet, juicy, and rich; parts freely from the stone, which is very small. Tree - a vigorous, but not rapid grower, having somewhat the habit of the Green Gage. Ripe middle of August.
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Supposed to be a seedling of the Miami. Black, with a rich dark scarlet bloom; extremely large. Charles Downing says: "Very much the largest black raspberry I have ever seen." Globular shape; very juicy and rich; season very late, the first picking being made this year on the same day that the last picking of Doolittle's was made, and last picking fully one week later than the Miami; surface, firm so much so that they were shipped to the New York market (300 miles) this season with perfect success; bush, very rank and hardy, with but few thorns. Its large size, great productiveness, and extreme late season of ripening, make it one of the most valuable sorts ever introduced, as it fills in a blank season for fruit long felt, especially by the market gardener.
This spring there flowered in the grounds at Court-maccherry, near Bandon in Ireland, a fine plant of Rhododendron cinnamomeum, bearing 130 trusses of flowers, and each truss containing on an average 18 flowers. Total, 2,340 flowers.
We look to California now, for our big articles, and record to-day, from a late California Farmer,, a squash at the Exhibition, " by D. S. Campbell. Weight, 264 pounds. Circumference (long way), eight feet. Circumference (short way), seven feet. Was raised by Mr. Asa Vestal, on his farm, one mile from San Jose. The Committee of the Santa Clara Fair, held at San Jose, last week, decided that there were sixteen hundred pounds of squash growing upon the same vine that bore this. The seed is known as the Camanche variety, native of Northern Mexico; was planted in April, and pulled 17th September. soil, sandy loam, fourteen feet deep to subsoil, and watered by irrigation".
Jin Address By R. W. Steele, Before Montgomery Go. (O.) Horticultural Society
In reading, I think the February number of the Horticulturist, I found a statement from W. Choelton, in regard to the management of his cold grapery in which he states that he gathered grapes well ripened on the first of August. Now I should like to be informed if he had not two stoves in his cold grapery, for some portion of the early part of the season, and if he has no objection to inform your readers, who I dare say are inter* ested la the matter, how long he kept up the artificial heat and to what degree, on an average. Yours truly, H. B, New-York, March 22.