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To grow them successfully use fresh soil annually. Slight shading from sun is found to be beneficial. Watering should be avoided, unless absolutely necessary; and when required, to. be done in the evening.
We are indebted to Mr. Dreer, of Philadelphia, for seeds saved from his prize flowers, of which we shall try to give a good account hereafter. Our readers will remember to sow their Pansy seed during August, September, and October. We shall have another good article on this subject next month.
From the same publishers we have "A Complete Manual of the Strawberry, by R. G. Pardee, the third revised edition," in which all that can be said on the subject is embodied. The work embraces notices of the raspberry, blackberry, currant, gooseberry, and grape.
We have had the Multicaulis fever, the Shanghai fever, and numberless others, and now we can plainly perceive strong symptoms of the Park fever. It is manifesting itself unmistakably in various parts of the country, and for our own part we are cruel enough to wish that not a village nor a city in the whole country may escape. Like the measles and chicken-pox, we think it would be a good thing for all to have it once, and in the natural way. New York is going through it kindly; indeed, is convalescing splendidly; and Brooklyn at last has got it "badly." Our neighbor over the river is not content with her churches and present suburban character, but is clamoring for, not a park, but a whole chain of them ten miles long! Now, we rather like that, and hope she may get them all. By all means keep the park fever "going."
The city fathers of Roxbury, Mass., have appropriated $70,000 for the purposes of a public park. We presume our friend, Mr. Walker, has had something to do with this. There is intelligence enough of the right kind in Roxbury to secure a park which shall be a real adornment to the city, if it is only rightly directed, which we trust it may be.
We will publish during this year, handsome frontispieces of scenes in Prospect Park, Fairmount Park, and Central Park. The frontispiece this month is but one of the collection, others equally as handsome will follow. It is believed this feature alone will make The Horticulturist well worth its subscription price to every one.
New Names, Will our friends remember that to any bringing one new name, the additional copy costs but 81, or both for S3. Surely there is a dollar's worth to some one in every number.
The treatment of house-plants is very little understood, although the practice of keeping shrubs and flowers during the winter, is almost universal. It is important that the physiological principles on which success depends, should be fairly understood, and then cultivators can apply them with success in all the varying circumstances in which they may be called to act.
Two objects are proposed in taking plants into the houses- either simple protection, or the development of their foliage and flowers during the winter. The same treatment will not do for both objects. Indeed the greatest number of persons of our acquaintance, treat them til! spring; and the consequence is, that they have very little enjoyment in their favorites.