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.
Mr. Edward S. Rand, Jr., has issued the above new book, from the press of Little, Brown & Co., Boston. It has been a favorite subject with him, and as yet but little referred to in the horticultural literature of the day. His collection of Rhododendrons is believed to be the largest in the entire country, and increases yearly. He says: "These plants are attractive at all seasons ; in flower they are magnificent; in foliage they excel any evergreens. They can be grown as easily as lilacs, and bloom quite as freely".
Considerable space is devoted to Azaleas and Kalmias. The list of varieties is very full and complete, and we are glad to find that he has compiled several hardy lists of best varieties most suitable for the general planter. The publishers have done justice to this excellent work by excellent type and paper. Price, $1.75.
Rhodoleia Champioiii has been bloomed for the first time in England, during the spring of 1858, by Mr. Fleming, of Trentham. The flowers, however, were not so handsome as was expected.
James. If you put large roots into good garden soil, under the stage of your green-house, and cover their crowns over with old boxes or large flower pots, you will have rhubarb early in the year, long before you can get it out of doors, and much better also for pies.
We are indebted to Mr. Shotweil, of Rah way, for a bottle of his Rhubarb wine. It is a very good wine of its class, and well made. We should like to see a sample of it when about five years old.
One of the easiest arrangement, is that of a bed we saw at Mr . Hunnewell's, near Bostou, Mass ., which is planted as follows: 1st row, Pyretbrum; 2, Lobelia; 3, Snow Geranium; 4, Achyranthus; 5, Gen . Grant Geranium; 6, Centaurea .
A very pretty flowering hardy shrub, sent from California by Mr. W. Lobb, and belonging to the same section as our R. speciosum. The flowers, however, are considerably larger than those of that species, and of a deep crimson color. This will be a beautiful addition to our shrub borders, and deserves extensive cultivation.
Obs. This is the tallest climber of all our Grape-vines, in Pennsylvania; and I have seen an old vine, of this species, 6-10 inches in diameter, at base. The fruit varies in size and quality, - the best specimens being well worthy of culture. I have cultivated a native of this vicinity, in which the fruit often equals that of the *' English Grape " (or Miller's Burgundy), in size; and although somewhat harshly acid, it abounds in a rich purple juice, at maturity, - and makes a fine preserve for pastry.
We now come to one of the greatest nuisances the farmer has to encounter:
17. LEUCANTHEMUM, Tournef. Ox EYE
A visit to Mr. Henderson's propagating house shows the young plants of these seedlings to be coming on finely. Having seen them for two years past, and selected them for names, we are prepared to say that they compose the finest lot of seedling Dahlias we have ever seen. They ought to be in every garden.