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.
This is the first horticultural journal really established on the Pacific Coast. Its first issue is with the November number, and announces its Editor as F. A. Miller, a well-known landscape gardener, of San Francisco. When we look at the numbers of a new journal, we judge of its prospective success by three points: 1st, is it practical. 2d, is it genial. 3d, has it got a good publisher. We frankly express our faith in this new Pacific namesake of ours. It combines all the qualities needed to conduct it tastefully. And we learn that, in that limited horticultural field, it achieved a circulation of 1,000 paying copies before it issued its second number. Each number contains 32 pages, well filled with appropriate matter, and is published by F. A. Miller & Co., San Francisco, Cal. Price, $4 a year.
Bright yellow, and E. crocea, orange bloom abundantly; six inches high.
A correspondent of the San Francisco Pioneer, writing from Southern California, says : "Mr. Smith, of Ancheim, six miles from this colony, showed us raisins of his own curing that were equal to any that are imported; and he informed us that he had simply cut them off and thrown them on the ground to dry. He plants about 1,000 vines to the acre, and says, when in good bearing condition, say five years old, they produce about twenty pounds of raisins to the vine." Orange trees nine to ten years old yield 1,000 oranges per tree. English Walnut trees, ten years old, yield $10 per tree each year; twenty-six are planted to each acre.
(J. B. Rumford.) Many thanks for your attention. We believe your plants are undescribed, at any rate have been unable so far to ascertain their names. A few seeds of the Wappatoo, formerly sent have grown; but we failed with the Camas. We hope for better success with these.
Apricots usually bear fruit well on the Peach stock, but they are not considered so durable as when worked on Plum, or their own roots. Your trees are probably growing very vigorously, and may be induced to bear earlier, either by root-pruning, or severe summer pruning. If they can be struck easily with you by cuttings, as your letter seems to indicate, they would no doubt bear much earlier, especially if the cuttings are taken from bearing trees.
We have received from Mr. Wm. Daniels, of San Jose", California, the account of the formation of a State Horticultural Society, which is destined to be of great importance in communicating to the rest of the world accounts of the fruits, etc, of that great commonwealth. F. W. Macoudray, of San Francisco, is President - O. C. Wheeler, of Sacramento, Secretary.
The aggregate value of the fruit crops of California, for 1870, was $2,371,612. (The crop of Ohio alone, for same time, was $7,000,000.) Cotton is a great success there, and Col. Stresy, its pioneer, is preparing to put out an 800 acre plantation. Beet Sugar is a success. The Alvaredo factory is clearing 100 per cent on its capital, and other companies are forming with large capitals to engage in the same enterprise; verily, California is not poor; we are amazed at her wonderfully recuperative power.