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.
In compliance with a request published in the Horticulturist some time since, the period of the ripening of the following varieties of pears and early apples is given. This place is thirty-one miles west from, and in the latitude of, Philadelphia 'Soil in the valley, clay loam; lime stone "crops out" The rocks and surface stones on the south hills, nearest which the trees grow, are gneiss or micaceous slate, and occasional boulders of trap.
The manner pursued in making this list, was to note the period when the first perfect specimen ripened on the tree, and the last in the house. In some instances the quantity was limited, and the period of duration consequently shortened. It is well known to most of your readers, that by artificial means that period may be very much prolonged.
A gentleman writes us: " This fall I put in boxes Louise Bonne de Jersey Pears; some were in average temperature of 55°, others from 50° to 55°. Those:
A correspondent of the Farmers' Club, New York, says that he had tried many ways to ripen pears, but had found the best plan to be to pack them in close boxes, and keep them in a cool, though not too dry atmosphere. He had ripened up the Vicar of Winkfield in that way very successfully. Pears so ripened come out with better flavor and cooler than if exposed to the atmosphere to ripen. One gentleman stated there that he had known pears buried right in the soil, out of doors, to come out in perfect condition in the spring.
This new variety is gaining a high reputation for its productiveness and general value, although not of the highest quality for the table. It is one of the best late sorts, and is fine for the market or for preserving. A correspondent of Moore's New-Yorker, says that a single neglected plant of last year's growth, accidentally over-looked till full of ripe fruit, was found completely surrounded with trusses of berries, on which one hundred and thirty-three ripes ones were found, proceeding from this single root.
The Strawberry Bont St. Julien, which we have seen for the first time this spring, promises to rival the Wilson in productiveness, and it is certainly much superior to it in flavor. We have only seen it in one place, and its wonderful yield may have been the result of some peculiar fitness in the soil. Have any of our readers grown it 1 We should like to hear more of it. La Constante, which came to us as the most productive of foreign varieties, has, wherever we have seen it, borne only a moderate crop; but the berry is large and the quality very fine.
Large, melting, and rich; juicy and of first quality; early in August.
Size of Early York; fine flavor; first of September.
Is a descriptive pamphlet of 60 pages, freely illustrated with engravings, and containing literary matter respecting the progress of the Riverside Park, near Chicago, Illinois. In one of the numbers of The Horticulturist, for 1870, we gave several illustrations of prominent buildings in this rapidly-growing suburb of the "Garden City," and stated that we believed it to be the most successful and best laid-out private park in the country. The pamphlet will inform everyone how it has been so successfully managed. Published by L. W. Murray, Chicago, Ill.