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.
A nice-looking Oleaceous shrub, with neat flat, Holly-like, sharply-toothed or sinuately-spinose leaves, margined and marbled with creamy white. The leaves were small, and the plant of dwarf, twiggy growth. It was awarded a First-class Certificate. There was in the collection an Osmathus aquifolius variegatus of larger growth, and with larger and broader leaves, scarcely less effective; and also, the typical green-leaved form of the species.
The Attar, or Otto of Roses, most precious of all perfumes, is made almost entirely among the Balkan mountains. There are at least one hundred and fifty places where its preparation is carried on, the most important of all being Kizanlick. The roses are planted in rows, like vines. The flowers are gathered in May, and with the green calyx leaves attached, are subject to distillation. Five thousand pounds of roses yield one pound of oil.
In noticing our " artists" last month, we meant to have alluded also to our binder, who deserves a good word at our hands. He helped us very materially last month. Besides being one of the best of binders, he is always prompt, quick, and willing. We should be sorry to part with Mr. Brackett.
We have been unable to continue this for want of room. We have yet to finish Fishkill and Newburgh; and then take .the reader a pleasant trip over the Raritan and Delaware Bay Railroad down to Tom's River, where Cranberries grow wild and Oysters are sold at fifty cents a bushel.
We had taken occasion of the new year to say a friendly word of our "exchanges;", but what we intended as a "free-will offering" has been turned into an "offering of fire " We shall endeavor to find time to do it over again next month.
Our long experience gives us greater advantages than are possessed by others. We give in the course of one year at least Sixty Full Figure Fashions, which is thirty six more then any other magazine gives; and they are really the fashions, which others are not. We challenge contradiction when we state that the fashions of other magazines have never been seen in the streets of Philadelphia or New York, or in the drawing-rooms of either place. Godey's are the only reliable fashions.
The attention that is now paid to the subject of our native forest trees warrants the propriety of keeping before the public the importance of Michaux & Nuttal's Sylva of North American Trees. The work has been several times noticed in this journal, but it may not be amiss to insert the following, which we clip from a Cleveland paper, from the pen of that distinguished naturalist, Dr. Kirtland :
L. Van Houtte, of Ghent, Belgium, announces a new penological volume, entitled "Nos Poires." It is edited in two languages, French and English, and gives colored plates of fifty varieties, with engravings of about forty more; probably selecting the very best of all that are grown.