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.
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Edward. The common variety that you allude to, will live through the winter, in a frame covered with shutters over the glass, if it is not very damp.
Hartwegiis, destroyed. - Insignii, abandoned as an impossibility with me. - Laricio, untouohed.- - Lambertiana, brown above; green below the snow. - Macrocarpa, brown above; green below the snow; buds good. - Montezuma, brown above; green below the snow; buds good. - Ponderosa, untouohed. I think this more hardy than our white pine. - Sylvestris, uninjured. - Austriaca, uninjured. - Pinaster, buds good; foliage changed. - Gerardiana, green, but protected all winter by snow. - Maritima, untouched. - Excelsa, untouched; superb tree. - Cembra, untouched. Of these 14 varieties, I think I can grow all except the first two.
Mr. P. H. Parker of Bastrop, La., writes to the Southern Farm and Home that he is successfully practicing a new mode for double working such varieties of pears as are difficult to graft on the quince. He takes the reluctant variety, whatever it may be, grafts it on some other pear - the Bartlett for instance - then cuts the latter from its parent tree and grafts that upon the quince. Growth in both cions follows at once, he claims, and he gains at least a year's time by it. He says also that this method improves the habits of some straggling varieties - the Rostiezer for instance - and that the Seckel, double worked on the Bartlett, will grow much faster than when grafted directly on the quince. He has practiced this for twelve years, he says, and now first makes it public.
I wish to Inquire of you for a plan of a fruit-house, is connectice with an tee-boon. It is generally understood that tender and perishable fruit can be kept perfectly sound and good, almost any length of time, provided they can be kept in a cool place, but Mule below the freezing point. Such a fruit-boose as would preserve Baepberries, Strawberries, Blackberries, Peaches, early Pears, Apples, Apricots, Nectarines, Cherries, etc., the year round, would be a valuable auxiliary to our kitchen. Now, can you, or any of your readers, give me the plan of such a house, through the columns of the Horticuiturist! Johh Gage. - Waukegan, Laks Co., I ll.
We cannot giro such a plan. Berries and stone fruits may be cooled in an ice-house, or they may be preserved a day or two in it; but they will soon lose their freshness and flavor.
We would recommend a!l who procure plans for laying out of grounds to require the artist to specify the name of every tree and shrub he desires should be planted, and to indicate the position of the same by numbers on the plan. Simple as the arrangement of groups or masses may appear to the novice, it is rare to find the artist capable of designating tree and plant, with full knowledge of its growth, habit, color of foliage, etc, to a final result, when mature, of the best effect. Such knowledge is only gained by patient study, combined with a natural love of the subject.