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.
F. R. Elliot writes to the Rural New Yorker that the Iona is not a success as a vineyard grape; that it is a decided failure. It succeeds in some localities occasionally, and is a good grape when well grown and perfectly ripened, but he thinks no man of sound mind would plant it by the acre.
A large and beautiful Amaryllis, has been noticed as Vallota miniata in the Gardeners' Chronicle. Flowers yellow in the center, bordered with rose.
In a note Mr. Van Houtte says, that, "the Spiroea callosa (Fortuni) is at this moment literally covered with large corymbs of purplish flowers. It is a fine plant, and perfectly hardy".
The Revue Horticole for 16th of September, has a notice of the Calyeanthus occidentalis, or macrophylla, of California, by Planohon. He says it is easily distinguished from the floridus by its larger and more oval leaves, and by its flowers being larger and lighter colored. The odor is less agreeable than in the others. We have the plant, but it has not bloomed vet.
* This work is received with great Irregularity.
A correspondent of a Western paper says: "For health, Iowa will compare favorably with the Western States. But few marshes or little wet land is to be found in her territory, but what have sufficient drainage. Her streams have well-defined banks and rapid currents. Water power for driving machinery is abundant The coal field embraces about one half the territory of the State. Having a position favorable to commerce, possessing a good climate, a good soil, easy of access, and well watered, a rapidly increasing population of industrious, intelligent men, Iowa is destined at no late day to occupy a permanent place among her sister States, Her institutions of learning, her thriving towns and busy cities, fields of waving grain and cattle upon a thousand hills, with a stirring population of near half a million, attest her present prosperity and future greatness".
Mr. Burr Andrews show, ed to the editor of the Davenport Democrat a basket of 100 apples which weighed 125 lbs., or an average of twenty ounces to the apple. He offers to wager $100 that this cannot be beat by any orchard in the United States.
Look over any plants that have been stored away for winter keeping in the cellar. If they are found to be dry, give them water just sufficient to moisten, not wet, the earth. If they are too moist, and any mildew apparent, take them out and dry them, or open the cellar to a free current of air, in the middle of a dry sunny day.
If by any accidental carelessness your plants get frozen, dip them at once, and hold them in a pail of rain water for a few moments. If frost got into the greenhouse, wet down the flues, and sprinkle all the plants freely with water; then increase the temperature gradually until the frost is extracted.
Our thanks are tendered to W. W. Beebe, Esq., of Dubuque, Iowa, for a copy of the Report of the Iowa Horticultural Society for 1867.
In plain practical matter of instruction in fruit and tree growing; in satisfactory evidence that Iowa is a good fruit-growing State, and an advice toward the best interests of horticulturists in the Western States, it is full to running over, and every fruit-grower in all the great West should obtain a copy of it if possible, and read it carefully. We congratulate the Secretary on having been enabled to gather so much of valuable matter in one little book, and thank the writers for the freedom and good sound sense they have displayed in giving expression to thought and judgment without any previous bias toward a fixed rule or practice.