The Israella Grape

For Southern latitudes, we esteem this the most valuable of early black grapes. It ripens as early with us as the Hartford or lves, and, as an eating grape, is infinitely better in flavor. Bunches are large, handsome ; berries never drop off; and fruit has a very fine bloom. The vine is a rampant grower, and just as healthy as the Concord. Extremely productive.

Italian Bees

" Are Bees horticultural subjects?" Certainly, and sweet ones too, only they are not to be handled overmuch. A friend of ours has become ecstatic over his Italian bees and considers Mr. Parsons a benefactor, etc.,. We subscribe to this, and to all that can be said in praise of Bees, but our friend's article is too long for one insertion, and we can find no break in it. It might well be shortened. In the mean time, our readers will do well to look after these Bees, (we mean to make a change in our hive,) and read Mr. Spangler's new Bee Journal, a capital work, which will tell them much they ought to know on the subject.

Italian Chestnuts

The California Horticulturist notices chestnuts from Italian seed measuring three inches in circumference, raised in Sonoma City.

Italian Dwarf Peach

" Been reading about this, and bethought me of one described by William Prince in 1828, as Dwarf Orleans; looked it up, and am inclined to think this Italian has no business with the name".

Ives And Delaware Wines

Mr. J. M. McCullogh, of Cincinnati, will please accept our thanks for samples of the above-named wines. With Mr. McCullogh, we should be glad to see more vineyards, but we should also like to see more pure wine, simply fermented grape-juice. Mr. M; says he has sold for the raiser Ives wine at $4 25 per gallon, and Delaware at $4, to the Longworth Wine House. Certainly they must have a peculiar market for wine at Cincinnati, when even at our present tariff and gold rates, superior Rhine wines are sold in New York market at $3 to $4 per gallon.

As strawberry plants come into bloom, look them over, and eradicate at once any chance seedling or incorrect plant that may have happened to get among them.

The Ives Grape

This grape is becoming very popular with dealers. It proves to be a better shipper than the Concord, the flesh is more firm, not so likely to break, and will carry further into the interior. Buyers will always prefer to get the Ives as long as it lasts, and with Concord, side by side, the Ives will always be sold out first.

Ives Seedling

The Ives Seedling is very popular in that locality because it is hardy, sticks tight to the stem, and bears handling better than the Hartford or Concord. There is a growing demand for it in our city for shipping purposes, on account of its bearing the heat so well. Their Delawares are very fine, and if the weather is not too hot, carry and keep well. The principal difficulty that we have to contend with in disposing of them is, that our market is so full of perishable fruits when they arrive, that it weakens the demand for them. There are some varieties of fruits that can not be placed on the market too soon, but that is not the case with the grape. The fault is, that they come too soon, for they cannot compete favorably with peaches, pears, or plums, and as these are the prevailing fruits when these Southern grapes arrive, consumers buy them and neglect grapes, knowing they will last long after those other fruits are gone.