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.
Riding along in the country to-day I passed a number of places where new houses were just built, and evidently the owners were disposed to make their places "look smart." In so doing they had pruned away waste branches from the trees, thinned out the shrubs, and raked off all the stones and sticks; but where do you think they put them ? I presume you will say in a brush pile back in the lot to be burned. No such thing. They were all thrown into the street to annoy every passer-by, and in full view of themselves and every one. Like the girl who combed her hair in front and neglected the back of her head, under the impression that no one saw her except as she saw them, face to face, so they forgot there was any view of their places except within their door yard fence lines. If there is any reader of these notes following this practice, I hope they will abandon it.
Fruit-trees are looking finely. Mice have eaten up whole orchards, nurseries, etc . We have but just three weeks in which to do our whole delivery for the season. Now we are planting with 250 men, having delightful weather for the work, and we are getting on finely. We have a good specimen of the Pampas grass - all in good time - and the Eugenia Ugni, but none for sale this spring.
Very truly, yours, P. Barry.
If I were to select but one variety out of this class of cherries it would be the Rockport. In habit of tree it is very upright and vigorous, bears young and abundantly a cherry of the largest size, of a rich amber yellow mostly over-shaded and mottled and blotched with rich shades of red. The flesh is juicy, sweet, rich, delicious, half tender. In ripening, it almost immediately follows the Early Purple Guigne.
We have received samples of these wines, manufactured by Mr. Rockwell, of Ridgefield, Conn. The grape wine is made of the native grape, and is a real wine, and not, like a good deal of stuff in the market, a mere mixture. It took the first prize at the Connecticut Show, and the gold medal of the American Institute at its late Fair. We esteem it a pure, well made article, much to be preferred to many imported wines. Mr. Rockwell manufactures it chiefly for sacramental purposes; and for such, and to all who love the pure, unadulterated juice of the grape, we commend it The Blackerry Wine is intended for medicinal purposes, and being pure, meets a much-needed want.
Flesh color, profuse bloomer, four inches.
The season is so late, that any of the above may be sown with success till the 10th or 11th of May, (at least north of Baltimore;) and as they may all be had at most of the seed stores, it will still be easy, by their aid, to repair any deficiencies in the flower garden. AN Amateur.
I am glad to see this record, but I do not think the drawing correct. Most bunches that I have seen this year were more shouldered, and far longer; but perhaps it is well to err on the safe side, and in speaking of a fruit, say no more in its praise than it will fully merit.
I notice the editor of the Gardener's Monthly, in recent notices of the Rogers' grapes as examined at Hon. Marshall P. Wilder's, puts this number down as "late." Unless Concord can be called a "late" ripening grape, I cannot see how 4 can be so classed.
This 22d day of February, 1868, we have eaten of the Rogers' No. 4 grape in as perfect condition as when gathered from the vine in October last. The fruit was kept in an ordinary fruit cellar, in an open box, and the berries were a little shriveled, but yet clung firmly to the bunch, and were sweet, sound, and good.