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Frequent rolling of the pathways, during winter, is essential to keeping them firm and smooth. It matters not whether they are traveled upon or not, they should be rolled every time when the frost is out of the surface two inches or more.
Mr. Nathan Schee of Gohonsburgh, this State, writes us that in the spring of 1871, he grafted a cion of the Rolla into a stock of the Janet that produced the following year (1872) a fine, large specimen; last spring it bloomed profusely and held its fruit till of the size of a hazel nut. Fruit large, oblong, yellow, sub-acid, early winter; think it a very promising apple.
Medium size; pyri-form; skin dull, yellowish green; flesh fine; very juicy; melting; vinous; very good; October.
At a meeting of gentlemen interested in Horticultural operations, held April 19th, a Horticultural Association was formed; and the following officers were elected for the present year: President, Edward Huntington; Vice President, H. C. Vogell; Secretary,. P. Grosvenor; Treasurer, J. A. 'Dudley; Trustees, Alva Mudge, Jay Hatheway, J. Stryker, Hervcy Brayton, B. Leonard.
This method of propagation, though not new, is but little known and but little practiced. Neuman propagated Dais cotinifolia, Pawlonia imperi-alis, Maclura aurantiaca, Cydonia Japon-ica, Halesia diptera, and Araucaria Cun-ninghanri. We have seen multiplied in the same way pelargoniums, peonies (tree and herbaceous) roses, mulberries, gre-villeas, etc. M. Josst raised by the same mode Sarracenia rubra, purpurea, and flava by means of cuttings of the rhizomas of these species. Mr. Bain, of Dublin, increased by root cuttings Ouvirandra fenes-tralis, Sarracenia species, Drosera binata, Dionaea muscipula, and Cephalotus folli-culfcis. - L'Illustration Horticole.
(A Subscribes, Galt, C. W.)
This can be done as well as the Apple, but is not much practiced, and we do not recommend it If practiced at all, it should only be with strong growers, and by using the whole root, grafting on the collar.
If the ground is not frozen deeply, this month will do as well as November for root pruning pears or any tree of which it is desirable to check the coming season's growth. Not only should the side roots be cut, but you should dig down and cut off the lower or top roots. Some writers claim this as a preventive of blight; we think it requires further experiments to prove it of any real value in that cause.
In the breeding of stock the pedigree of parentage is regarded as a great point, and he who desires to rear a really valuable animal must look to obtain parents as near perfect as may be possible. In vegetable life we believe this same principle is equally important to be considered, and he who would produce seeds giving, promise of advanced value in their growth-product should carefully examine every beet, carrot, or parsnep root, every cabbage, etc., looking back to the seed from which it was grown, as well as to the fact of the present root being as near perfection as possible. Good seeds can not be grown from imperfect or unhealthy roots or plants, no more than good stock can be produced from unhealthy animals. Blood will tell in vegetable as well as animal life, and the best seeds and plants will be grown by those who regard the thousands of facts that have been published in. support of this truth.