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The flesh is white, red cheek and rich flavor. It closely resembles the Oldmixon Freestone.
S. Johnson. Most probably your orchard was planted too deep. Loosen the soil well with the spade, and if the ground is heavy, dig in a mixture of stable manure and hard coal ashes. Head back the ends of all the shoots to make the trees throw out new ones, and wash over the trunks with thick soap suds - - or rather soft-soap and water.
The London Journal of Horticulture says: M. E. Benary, a horticulturist, at Erfurt, announces a new Pansy, which has large flowers of a splendid ultra-marine blue, with a well formed eye of very deep violet-purple. They are also of good substance, have strong stalks and stand well above the leaves. H. Benary has named it Viola tricolor, var. maxima Emperor William, and states that the variety reproduces itself with certainty from seed.
After your Strawberry seeds have dried in a bed of pure sand about a month, sow them in a light soil, in a partially shaded spot Carefully water, and in winter protect them with a covering of straw; in spring, transplant them, one plant in a place and two feet apart; carefully remove all runners until the plants have borne; select the best for trial. If means exist, a better plan is to sow the seeds and sand in a cold frame in a northern exposure, and transplant as above.
Your plant is Styrax grandifolium, a most valuable, hardy, fragrant plant; we should be especially obliged by your forwarding us a few seeds.
(J. H., St Clairsville, O.)
We use Ruggles, Nourse, and Mason's No. 2. Price here, $14. We work it with four horses, following in the farrow of the common plow, which is drawn by two horses.
Lycopodium denticulata (or Kraussi-ana) is used in immense quantities around London for decorative purposes, one florist there purchasing annually about $3,500 worth.
Rufflesia Amoldi - Dr. Arnold, the discoverer of this flower, says: "To tell the truth, had I been alone, and had there been no witnesses, I think I should have been fearful of mentioning the dimensions of this flower, so much does it exceed every flower I have ever seen or heard of. It measured a full yard across, the petals, five in number, which were subrotund, being 12 inches from the base to the apex, and it being about a foot from the insertion of one petal to the opposite one. The nectarium (or central cup), in the opinion of us all, would hold 12 pints, and the weight of this prodigy we calculated to be 12 pounds. The whole of the flower is of very thick substance, and has the smell of tainted beef."
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