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.
James Vick's flower farms at Rochester are more extensive than are generally known. For instance: The Verbena bed meaures three-quarters of an acre ; Asters, one and a-half acres, containing about 20 varieties in all colors; Phloxes embrace about two acres, with 20 varieties; Dahlias, two acres; Lilies, one acre; Tuberoses, three-quarters of an acre. He has, we believe, three farms, numbering over 75 acres. The visitors to the Saratoga Fair, last September, also the State Fair at Albany, in October, will remember the beautiful displays of flowers contributed by him, and the grand sweep of first premiums he made in every direction.
The citizens of Philadelphia had an excellent opportunity, last April, to listen to Mr. Wilder's lecture on California. It was exceedingly interesting, and the audience were well entertained. A reception was given after it, as also an entertainment by the officers of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
Mr. Gaywood has furnished us with the following additional facts in relation to Mr. Wooley's vineyard, which are not without interest:
"His farm contains 160 acres. His grain crops the past season were as follows : oats 20 acres, rye and wheat 15 acres, and 10 to corn and potatoes; also his usual hay crop. Mr. W. is now over 60 years of age, and with the help of one man and a boy, hired for eight months of the season, has done all the labor of the above crops, including the grapes before mentioned. Mr. Wooley thinks he has devoted one-fourth of the labor of the season to the preparation of a piece of rough land, on which he intends to plant grape vines. He also says he had some inferior grapes, which were not included in the four tons".
Very neat in habit, colors well balanced, growth good.
Soft bright pink; large, full, and very double.
Flowers very handsome, pale lavender in color, freely produced, very lovely.
Mrs. Malaprop has been visiting for a few days in the country, and writes a friend that it is looking very beautiful. Spring flowers are springing up in the most luxurious confusion. Bandylions are abundant in the meadows at the back, and her front garden is full of scarlet agapeneones.
I may also add that White Currants, which are seldom well ripened, and even then are very acid, may be grown to great perfection in pots under glass.
Long litter has been my favorite mulch for years. This was freely applied until it filled the intervals between the hills quite close to the plants. The moisture of the earth was thus preserved, and, after a few rains, a clean, bleached surface of straw was furnished for the maturing melons. Foreign gardeners prefer flat stones to the bleached straw, and in nursing large specimens for exhibition or seed they will answer. This question evoked the following experiment. Two hills were carefully prepared, and planted with equal numbers of a hybrid of green Hosainee and Borneo melons. The one was mulched with long manure; the other was paved with stones. Both plantations, from their exposed situation, suffered from parching drouth. The long litter gained the preference.