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 Pennsylvania Farm Journal published some time ago a drawing of this variety quite different from ours - much longer. A correspondent of the Journal alludes to this, and asks which is right. In regard to this we can say, that our drawing was a correct representation of the fruit, judging from our own and all other specimens we have seen. Mr. McAvoy himself says our drawing is a fair one, but not of the largest size. We directed our artist to take from the bed average specimens, which he did. In form the variety is well marked. In all the specimens we have seen there is a greater or less degree of flatness at the point, occasioned, apparently, by a want of filling out in the center.
Mr. Field: Vinegar. Dr. Warder: Pick when ripe; it is fine and we prize it for its acid flavor.
Does well near Pittsburg and in several localities. Afternoon.
Accompanying the interesting communication of Mr. McKay in the November number, was a box of his grapes which we can say, without hesitation, were the largest, best colored, and finest Isabellas we have ever seen. If Mr. McKay were to write volumes, he could not furnish stronger arguments in favor of his mode of culture. It strikes us, however, that he applied larger quantities of manures than were really necessary. Half a dead carcass, a bushel of well-rotted stable manure, together with leather shavings and charcoal must be admitted to be a very liberal application to the bed of a single vine; but the results speak for themselves, and show at least one thing, that the Grape vine can bear high keeping.
ThA eleventh edition of McMahon's large octavo on American Gar~ dening, illustrated, and with additions and alterations, to bring it up to the day, has been published by Lippincott & Co., of Philadelphia. It has had the careful examination of a praetioal gardener well known to the American public.
Patent Office Reports for 1866,3 vols.
Sorgho and Imphee, the Chinese and African sugar-canes. By Henry S. Olcott. Illustrated. New York: A. 0. Moore, 1857. The whole story is here ably told.
Part IV. of Dr. Hooker's Flora of Tasmania (4to, Reeve) has been published. It contains the Van Dieman's Land orders from Rriceae to Proteaeea, reaching the 320th page and 80th plate. Ho fewer than forty species of Rpacrids are described, among which is a new genns, Archeria; Tasmania thus produces about one-eighth of the whole order.
It was with heartfelt sorrow that I learned of the death of Mr. Downing, and I deeply sympathise with his family and the readers of the Horticulturist. I consider his loss a national calamity, and one that I fear is irreparable; and I now suggest to the readers of the Horticulturist, that we raise a fund by contribution, (by the subscribers to the Horticulturist,) to erect a suitable monument near his grave, as a token of our esteem for him. I am willing to pay $5, or whatever sum may be thought sufficient from each subscriber. £. J. C a pell. Roue Hill. Amxte. Co. Miss., Septem-ber25, 1852.