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.
We have received from Mr. A. G. Burges?, East New York, a remarkably fine Seedling -Petunia. The flower is large, of good substance, well formed, and handsomely marked. The ground color is pale pink, with a well defined, deep rosy purple star. It is quite distinct, and in all respects first-rate. We name it Purpurea Stellata.
J. W. S. - You must not expect infallibility in a committee of a society any more than in an individual All are liable to err. In the case in questiont they are undoubtedly wrong in reporting a new variety " similar to P. coronarius but fragrant.' Philadelphia coronarius is the sweetest of the genus, and its common name of "Mock Orange,' is given to it on account of its purity and fragrance.
We received from Mr. Beagles a Seedling Plum resembling the Washington in quality, and of which we think so favorably that we should desire to give it a further trial. - We also received from Mr. Wilson, of Albany, another seedling, named " Herbert's Seedling," said to be very productive. These specimens did not ripen kindly, remaining somewhat hard and harsh until they began to decay; and we should hesitate, under these circumstances, to say whether It was an acquisition or not;
The Prairie Farmer contains an account of a new seedling rhubarb, raised in the garden of Mr. Cohorn, of Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he cultivates it on ground that was lately a marsh. One root produced fifty-five stalks, of which the largest was two feet in length from root to leaf, and would girt at least eight inches. Mr. C. cuts from four to five hundred pounds a day, and receives $4 per hundred, in various western markets.
We have received from Mr. Burgess, of East New York, two of his seedling Roses. One is in the style of Queen of the Prairies, but darker, and with a larger cluster. The form and color are good, and the habit strong. The other is a large rose of the Hybrid Perpetual class; form good, full, compact, and habit robust. They are both Roses that we shall expect to hear of again.
A few days since, in company with Messrs. Saxton, Pardee* and Hite, we visited Mr. Fuller, to examine his bed of seedlings. We were much surprised at the large proportion of fine kinds contained in this bed, and marked a number of them as worth keeping. Some of them were of such decided quality, that we made drawings of them, which we shall hereafter present to our readers.
One of our Cleveland correspondents writes us that he has lately been through the rows of seedling tree peonies raised by Prof. Kirtland, of which we made notice last year, and that very few have this year shown any blooms. The named varieties - Colonel Wilder, E. S. Rand, and Doctor J. S. Newberry have none of them bloomed; but among those that have, is one of a most delicate, clear rose color, the flower very full and round and promising to be extra fine. Another has the petals colored much like the old peonia Banksii, but the flower is full double with each petal most delicately fringed. These seedlings have not yet been propagated, and while the Professor may devote time to hybridizing and originating, it is not his forte to perpetuate. The first is a matter of scientific taste, the latter a matter of commercial business. Our correspondent therefore suggests that some good, careful propagator make arrangement for the perpetuation of these really valuable new tree peonies.