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.
In speaking of this wine last month, we stated that it had become a little sour. Justice requires us to say that we have discovered a reason for it in the fact that the bottle had remained opened for a day or two near a hot fire, which would injure the best made article. We are still of opinion, however, that it is an excellent wine.
The Charlton Strawberry and Chorlton's Prolific, we are assured, are not one and the same thing. The former we do not know; the latter we do, and it is a good one.
We recently passed through Newburgh, and stopped for a moment to look at Mr. Mace's new vineyard. Our examination was hasty, expecting to repeat the visit soon. We found every thing in admirable order, the vines making a beautiful growth, and giving promise of a large crop of fruit. Those who wish to see how the Delaware can grow when well treated, should give Mr. Mace a visit. We have no doubt he will feel a just pride in showing his vineyard to all who may wish to see it. For the present, we can only repeat what we said of it last year.
The Delaware is very valuable for garden purposes; but no farmer ought to set out an acre of it. The Diana is a strong grower, equally as a hardy and a greater bearer than the Isabella; shorter jointed vine; more buds, and ripens earlier, and will hang on the vines to the end of the very longest season, without dropping.
A most gorgeous thing. When you have tried it, just let us know whether it will stand, unhoused, our northern winters. If so, we must see about it. A perfect Rhododendron is the summum bonum of floral beauty.
Shaded salmon; a very fine flower, with broad guard petals; an excellent variety.
The report of the Committee of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society assures the world that Mr. Simpson's two-crop system of cultivating grapes under glass, has proved successful. "The time to ripen grapes averages from four and a half to five months; and thus leaving a month for the ripening of the wood, a crop might be matured every six months. Mr. S/s practice, however, is to allow the vine to grow naturally, without forcing, every other year, thus preventing any exhaustion which might ensue from continued forcing. The vines grown are Syrian, Hamburghs, Muscats, Black Prince, Zinfindal, Frontignans, and Macready's Early." The Committee on Gardens give high praise to Mr. H. H. Huiinewell's, as well as to his gardener, Mr. Harris.
Some say, let nature take her course. This is well, if we commence that way. If we commence differently, we must continue so. In the natural soil, without any pruning, the vine gives a pretty good crop, but perhaps not quite as large fruit; but when we commence with highly manured soil and high culture, we must confine the vino to trellises, and it is necessary to summer prune; and the only question is to what extent.
The Louise Bonne de Jersey, as a dwarf, exceeds any variety in productiveness that I have ever cultivated. The Duchesse d'Angouleme also, as a dwarf, is fine. The only fault I have to find with the Vicar of Winkfield, is its abundant bear-j,ing - bears so much that the fruit must be thinned. Among the new pears, I think the Howell promises to be one of our most valuable fruits. It is of large size, bright color, fine appearance, and of first rate excellence. The Tyson, where known, is a universal favorite, and an abundant bearer, either as a standard or a dwarf. As to the Brandywine; I don't know but that if I were compelled to select one variety I should select the Brandywine. Belle Lucrative - any one who has ever eaten them, need not have a word said about them. Osband's Summer - everybody that knows it will have it. Bears fine crops. I have only mentioned such sorts as I have tested from six to ten years, and have invariably found them to be of the very finest quality.