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.
We received, by mail, a few days since, a considerable package of the flower seeds advertised in the supplementary sheet, in the best order, proving that the post is a suitable medium for this kind of distribution. Mr. D. informs us, that he commenced this mode ten years since, and adds: "I find the Horticulturist one of the very best mediums of advertising, and have been well repaid for every dollar expended therein." This is the universal experience of all from whom the publisher hears.
Specimen bunches of the new seedling grape, No. 19, from Ellwanger & Barry, Rochester, have been received. The characteristics are, uniform good flavor, but sweeter just on point of ripening than when dead ripe. Berries large, deep amber color, in some seasons liable to drop from the bunch, especially if fully ripe. Pulp large, seeds large and loose. Skin quite bitter, less so if fruit is eaten before fully ripe. Juice of a high vinous quality, resembling in some respects hybrids with foreign varieties.
We have received from Mr. Buchanan a very fine Seedling Camellia, named Mrs. Budianan, which we shall hereafter describe with a drawing.
Mr. R. Robinson Scott has sent us .a box of Camellia flowers from seedlings raised by the late J. B. Smith, of Philadelphia, and now held by Mr. Dan'l Boll, of New York. The flowers were much withered and discolored, so that no accurate opinion of their merits could be formed. There appears to be ten varieties, several of them very distinctly striped. One is a very dark purplish crimson, with well defined light stripes; and one a very pale flesh color, nearly white, with deep rosy stripes. All, with one exception, are well formed. We should be glad to see them in a more perfect state.
A very fine Seedling Candytuft was exhibited named "Giant," specimens of which measured from three to eight inches in length. Mr. Tailby began saving the seed some eight years ago, and by carefully selecting only the best for seed, has succeeded in raising this .truly giant variety; it has been exhibited several times during the season and fully sustains itself as an improved variety;' it has been awarded a First-Class Certificate of Merit.
"Inquirer," by reference to McMahon's Gardening-will find his advice differs from many others; but there can be little doubt he is right. He says: " The true method of treating seedling pines and firs, is frequently during the summer months, as they advance in growth, to sift some loose earth over them in the seed beds till it comes up to the seed leaves, by which the stems are protected, shortened without disturbing their roots or checking their growth; it tends, also, to keep the moisture confined to the earth, by preventing its too sudden evaporation, and the loose sifted mould attracts the dews and imbibes the rains, when such fall, by which means the plants are kept cool, moist, and in a constant growing state." By this treatment, much better plants may be grown than by removing them from the seed beds too soon.