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.
G. Ellwanger. - The first advantage of pinching is in checking the growth, and thus assisting the formation of fruit spurs. It also assists the job of pruning in winter. Generally performs the pinching in June, when the young shoots are about 6 inches long. He only pinches those shoots which are intended to bear fruit the next year. He never pinches the leading shoots. The object of pinching is to make fruit buds, and also to thin out the inside of the tree.
A horticulturist (we cannot credit to proper source) states that he has found no trees that succeed so well by the seaside as Pinus Insignia and the Corsican Pine. He has plants of the latter growing and flourishing where the sycamore and beach, twenty years planted, never could even get into respectable bushes. The pines named also have the advantage that hares and rabbits will not touch them, and the wood of the Corsican pine is very valuable, while that of the Austrian, another great tree for the seaside, is worth but little. He has also succeeded in growing the Aleppo Pine (Pinus Halepensis) from seeds brought from the Isle of St, Marguerite, opposite Cannes, where this pine grows with its roots down to the salt water, and where it withstands the most terrific sea gales, without seeming a bit the worse for them.
Clear rosy pink; large full flower, with broad guard petals; a distinct and beautiful variety.
Pure white, double, fine form, clove fragrance, prolific bloomer; much larger and finer formed flowers than the old well-known white fringed Pink.
Pinks - Dianthus Chinensis, the China Pink, and Dianthus caryophillus, the Carnation - are well known parlor plants. The China Pink, though not fragrant, is so beautiful and so easy to manage, no collection should be considered complete without it. Plant seed in June in good garden soil; pinch out all flower-buds till September; then take them, with a ball of earth about their roots, to pots of the same soil. Keep them in the shade a fortnight. Water sparingly till more flower-buds appear, then give moisture generously - weak liquid manure twice a week, also. It will bear great heat, 65° to 70°; but 60° suits it best. In that temperature in an open, airy situation, it will put forth its deep crimson, velvet, very double, flowers in great profusion all winter.
In various excursions on the Island of Cuba, a most gorgeous flower presents itself in private gardens, which attracts general attention; and, by the favor of Madame Solle, of Charleston (who was in Havana), we procured the drawing which embellishes the present number, under the Spanish name of Pinon real. The tree is the Erythrina indica, of the family of the Leguminosae. The flower is of a gorgeous scarlet color, and a tree covered with them, before the leaves appear, presents a most beautiful object.
This is an elegant tree, with short, roundish, sharp-pointed leaves, set thick around all its branches and shoots, giving the tree rather a stiff, but unique and beautiful appearance. It is quite hardy, and so distinct and regular as to make it desira-able as a lawn or single tree. The Noble Silver Fir, the Mount Enos Fir, Hudson's Bay Fir, and Cephalonian Fir are all hardy, and varieties of value in large grounds. The Cephalonian is of a spreading habit, broad rather than high, and for planting in position where some ground scene is desirable to be hidden without obstructing the upper view, is a tree for adoption.