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This is quite foxy in flavor, but makes a fine light-colored wine. Alcohol 6 per cent.
Among other herbaceous plants in flower at present there are twelve thousand carnations; thousands of the tigridia, a gorgeous member of the lily family; a half acre of white double balsams; and geraniums, verbenas, callas, violets, pansies and other varieties too numerous to mention.
1. Persian Yellow,
2. White Microphylla,
3. Fortunes Yellow.
4. Madame Hardy,
5. Provence Cabbage.
"The above comprises a complete assortment of the various classes, three dozen plants in all, which would cost about twelve dollars".
President, Norman J. Colman. Vice-Presidents, Dr. A. W. McPherson, Prof. Geo. C. Swallow, Gen. M. Horner, Dr. McGuire, W. C. Price, E. Burden, John Dedrick. Corresponding Secretary, Dr. L. D. Morse, Allenton, Mo. Recording Secretary, Wm. Muir. Treasurer, Dr. C. W. Spalding.
The sample of Missouri wine from Mr. Haas, Boonville, we pronounce very superior. It has more the delicate bouquet of Lachryma Christi than any wine of American manufacture. If such can be produced for the market, there is, indeed, no need of going abroad for our table-wines.
M. de Jonghe, of Brussels, who has for some months past furnished a series of pomological articles for the English Garden-ers' Chronicle, stated in that journal, December 2, that the Pear known as Beurre Superfin, was originated by Van Mons, fruited by him in 1827, and named Cumberland, " in honor of his Royal Highness the Duke of Cumberland;" and M. de J. added that Belgians were surprised that none of the English pomologists recognised it We think this altogether a mistake, - that the Cumberland referred to is our native Rhode Island variety of that name, - and that the Beurre Superfin, as is generally believed, did originate at Angiers, with M. Goubault, and is a distinct variety. M. de Jonghe must be careful. We see that he enumerates the Cumberland among the best of Van Mons' seedlings.
Where there is some partial opening in the forest, we may find this small evergreen vine, with its dark pink flowers, in pairs, bearing at the same time the red waxen berries of the previous year. Its thick carpet of green is attractive, but its most pleasing feature is its delicate fragrance.
One of the seeds, that of a Caasabar Melon, I vegetated in leas than 24 hours by my "patent" process, which I have found eminently successful in a variety of instances when all other plans have failed. It is simply by enclosing them in a small piece of flannel soaked in a weak, warm solution of oxalic acid, and squeezed nearly to dryness; this is enveloped in two or three folds of oil-silk tied up and suspended by a string hung over the neck, so that the little packet may descend just to the pit of the stomach, where the heat of that part in an incredibly short space of time induces germination. The seed to-day, after 3d hours' confinement in this situation, has a rootlet of 1 inch in length. And thus have I had seeds sent me from good hands who could do nothing with them, commence growing from 24 to 48 hours after being put to nurse in the above-mentioned mode and position. - Thomas Ingle, in Gardener* Chronicle.