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.
A specimen of this plant, was cultivated in 1873, in grounds of Department of Agriculture, at Washington, which from their report seemed to present features worthy of commendation to gardeners. "Although somewhat coarse in foliage, its large flower-heads terminating the naked peduncles are quite showy from the dark-purple, almost black, conical center, and the numerous (10 to 15) light-purple pendent rays. These rays are about 2 inches long by inch wide. The plant is vigorous and hardy, and is worthy of trial in the flower-garden."
Ed. Andrie writes to L Illustration Horticole that while at the Horticultural Exhibition at Orleans, he saw some forty plants of a beautiful variety of the common white birch of Europe, the leaves of which were completely purple or purple-black, like the purple-leaf beech. Noticing the peculiarity in the color of the foliage, he took cions from it and grafted them upon the young stocks of the common birch, so that now he has some sixty plants of one and two years of age. He thinks this new leaf-color in the birch will prove to be a great acquisition, and that it succeeds in the poorest soils, at the same time preserving all the strength and rural beauty of the original type.
The fourth annual Fair of the Putnam County (Indiana), Agricultural Society is to be held at Beinbridge, on the 14th and 15th days of September. A fine and well arranged list of premiums are offered. Among the premiums we notice about twenty volumes of the Horticulturist For thus remembering us, our kind friends in Putnam County have our best thanks; it is an example that might well be-imitated. The following are the premiums offered on Vegetables, Fruit, and Flowers:
Best specimen of Irish Potatoes, Ag. paper. Best do Sweet Potatoes, Ag. paper. Best do Parsnips, Ag. paper. Best do Turnips, Ag. paper. Best do Beets, Ag. paper. Best do Onions, Ag. paper. Best do Cabbage Ag. paper. Beet variety Tomato, Ag. paper, Best do Pumpkins or Squash, Ag. paper. Best assortment rare vegetables, Hog. colored plates, $4 00.
The finest collection, perhaps, in this country, are the 1500 pyramids of Hovey & Co-, at Cambridge, some of them 10 foet high- The pear crop proving this year mostly a failure, but few of them were loaded with fruit-, but the beauty of their training, as presented in the long avenues of these trees, could scarcely be surpassed by Cappers celebrated trees of Paris. These were mostly, like Cappe's, on pear roots. Equally handsome specimens were observed on some parts of Col. Wilder's grounds.
Fuchsia Golden Queen, in the coloring of its leaves, resembles that favorite, Mrs. Pollock Geranium; it is a good grower, but blooms sparingly. Golden Fleece is strictly a bedding variety; it stands all kinds of weather during the summer, and forms a beautiful miniature golden hedge from six to ten inches high.