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Size - medium.- Form - roundish obovate. Calyx - open, medium size, sunk in moderately deep basin. Stem - short, inserted a little on one side, and without much depression. Color - lemon yellow, traced and dotted with light russet, and frequently with a bright red cheek next the sun. Flesh - melting, tender, and very juicy. Flavor - sprightly, a little vinous, rich. Season - ripens the last of August. Quality - "very good." A handsome fruit.
These, when the seeds are sown, are covered with a pane of glass, whitened on the upper side with chalk and water. This glass has the effect of breaking the rays of the sun, and of preserving the seeds from mice and other animals, or insects, and it prevents the soil from becoming too dry. The pots are then placed in a house with a temperature between 60° and 70°, and as near the glass as possible, or, better, in a warm frame. A little air is admitted when the plants come up by tilting the square of glass, from which the chalk should be previously washed off, in order that the young plants may have as much light as possibly can be given them. The pane of glass is removed when the young stems grow up to it.
Pale blue; curious and pretty; nine inches.
Henry Tanner, for a dish of string Beans.
Isaac Buchanan, for anew seedling Petunis.
John Cadness, florist, Flushing, for a new seedling double Petunia, Gen. McClel-lan, very large and beautiful.
A. G. Burgess, florist, East New York, for two unusually large specimens of Daphne oneorum.
Mrs. John Humphries, large basket of plants in flower.
Mr. Pardessus, Wardian cases.
Dailledouze & Zeller, for a display of monthly Carnation.
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I HAVE used, the past year or two, a special manure on my peach trees with marked success. So far as I have tried it I have found it equally good for vegetables, and I see no reason why it is not a good manure for fruit trees of all kinds; in fact, I have known it to bring peach trees that were dying with yellows back into a bearing condition. I think very likely it will prevent the summer blight in pears. I intend to try it the coming season on small pear stock. I use for each acre, broadcast, the same quantity as for an acre of potatoes, and the following are the proportions:
120 lbs. Nitrate of Soda. 160 lbs. Superphosphate of Lime.
80 " " Potassa. 160 " Sulphate of Lime.
The N. of Potassa should be ground. After mixing the above together, add three or four parts of fine muck. When applying the mixture for the benefit of peach trees, spread evenly as far as the roots extend, and before a rain.
Babylon, L. I. P. H. Foster.