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.
Rosa, (Saratoga, N. Y.) You complain of the non-blooming of your perpetual Roses. It is doubtless owing to the want of food. You should take up the bed this autumn, dig out the whole of the soil and subsoil (i.e. the second foot of soil) and fill up its place with stable manure mixed with one-half can do this season is to cut beck three or four inches, the ends of the shoots that have flowered, fork up the bed and drench it liberally with liquid manure once or twice. This will start the plants into new growth and with that cornea more flowers of course.
The Santa Cruz (Cal.) Sentinel, of December 7th, says: "How pleasant it is to go into the orchards and vineyards this 7th day of December, and find the choicest varieties of fruits still clinging to the tree and vine, and still pleasanter to know that this is a land of perpetual summer, wherein one may live and enjoy life without experiencing the dreaded winters, so many of us have been familiar with in Eastern homes, but to which he have bid farewell forever.
B. Cahoon, near Soquel, six miles from Santa Cruz, brought to our office this morning, a choice variety of clingstone peaches, quite as delicious as any of the cling variety we ever tasted. The peach was grown from a seedling, and is the lastest variety known; a fine flavored peach that matures in December will be quite an accession to the nurseries of this coast. The sample was plucked December 2d.
Pure white; blooms in clusters.
All but the last of these are Hybrid Perpetuals, a class blooming at intervals, from June to November. The last is a Perpetual Moss, a class that is also hardy, blooming at intervals through the season. Those who wish to add to this list another Perpetual Moss, will find Salet a good one. Those who wish climbers, will find Baltimore Belle and Queen of the Prairies, the best of the class. And those wishing a yellow rose, will find Persian Yellow the best of that class.
Various colors - white, purple, crimson, yellow and striped - each sort should be massed by itself - will grow and bloom in any soil; four inches high.
One is not aware of the great height of the trees here (River Ucayali, Northern Peru), until he attempts to shoot a monkey or bird from the topmost branches. He is then surprised to find that the object is entirely out of his reach with the fowling-piece, and that only a rifle will reach it. The trees throughout this country grow with great rapidity, and, being in a light, thin soil with a substratum of sand, the roots are superficial, and the trees are continually falling down. Nature seems to have made a provision for their support; for, instead of the trunk coming down round to the ground, about ten feet above, it divides into thick, wide tablets, which, widening as they come down, stand oat like buttresses for the support of the tree. But even with this provision, no day passes that we do not hear the crashing fall of some giant of the forest. Lt. Herdon.