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M. Lucas, an amateur, residing at No. 20, Rue basse de Rampart, Paris, has extensively circulated an address to Presidents of Horticultural Societies, offering to divulge his method of preserving flowers in all their freshness for an indefinite time, provided be receives from the Society a Medal of Honor, and is created an honorary or corresponding member. M. Lucas does not accompany his circular with any proof that his method is what he describes it to be; and we fear that, until this is done, his proposal will meet with little favor in this country.
I observe in the June number of your paper, a correspondent, L. of S. C., making inquiries as to the best way of preserving fresh for a length of time, fruits and vegetables. He is right in all his preparations, except that instead of putting them in boiling water, he should put them in cold water, with a quick fire, and just allow It to come to the boiling point, and no more; at the moment the water boils seal up the cans hermetically. I will except corn, which should boil two minutes, and should be cut from the cob before putting in the cans. I am a greater part of my time from home, and cannot give much time to writing. Otherwise I should have written more in detail about this mode of preserving fresh fruits, vegetables, etc. Very resp't yours, J.C. Weight. Scotts-ville, Albemarle county, Va.
Mr. Editor: Among the various methods of preserving this valuable fruit during the winter, I have nowhere noticed a plan similar to that pursued by M. M. Dora, Esq., of this city; and believing it to be original with him, I present it to your readers.
Gather the grapes when fully ripe, and pack in triple layers in oats which have been previously scalded and dried, letting the oats at top and bottom be at least four inches in depth ; keep in a cold room. I have seen, on the 15th March, Diana and Concord grapes kept in this way, that appeared as perfect in form and flavor as when packed in the fall, the bloom of the fruit even remaining; and Mr. Dorn assures me that he has had them well preserved for four weeks later.
G. P. Delaplaine. Madison Wis., Dec. 16,1867.
The cheapest method and the most durable for all ordinary purposes, is to " to dip them in crude Petroleum"
Eighteen hundred dollars was the florist's bill at a fashionable dinner party in New York.
Though rarely met with in gardens, one of the most fragrant of annuals is the dwarf and curious Schizopetalon Walkeri. When sown in spring it blooms in June or July, and its flowers are deliciously scented, even more so than mignonette; a few flowers in a tumbler of water being sufficient to scent a room for several days. So says the Garden.