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.
Recent discoveries near Victoria, Australia, seem to indicate that the Eucalyptus is the tallest tree on the Globe. Several there growing were measured, and found to exceed 450 feet in height, and over 40 feet in circumference.
Recommended by Mr. Bateham and several others as very excellent for baking, and as a great bearer, profitable for stock. Passed, as not sufficiently known.
We hope the following from an exchange paper may be true: The Tamarind has grown in Virginia from seeds, and is highly spoken of as promising to be a valuable acquisition to our fruit trees, especially on the prairie lands of the West. Its growth is rapid, its appearance very ornamental, and it is perfectly free from blight and from the depredations of insects. Last season the trees in Virginia produced fruit as good as the imported.
M. Carriere writes as follows in the Revue Horticole:
"Nothing can be finer or more graceful than this species, which is still so rare in spite of the readiness with which it can be propagated. Its numerous slender branchlets, of a glaucescent green hue, bear a certain resemblance to the curled plumes of the ostrich (or the white stork), whence its popular name of " Marabout." It flowers in August, about the same time as T. indica.
The flowers, which are disposed in dense, erect panicles, have an airy lightness which adds much to the elegance of the foliage, isolated on a lawn or in a large park. T. plu mosa forms a compact mass of the most pleasing appearance; it is quite as hardy as T. indica, and is propagated and treated in precisely the same manner.
It is believed the discrepancies in the opinions about the use of tan, maybe accounted for by the fact, that so long as it remains on the surface as a mulch, it does no injury; hut when dug in it acts as a poison to the ground.
A. J. Downing - Dear Sir: From what has been published in the "Horticulturist," of the good qualities of tan-bark to cover strawberry beds, I have tried it on mine this winter, and now I wish to ask what is done with the beds in the spring? Is it necessary to remove any pari of the tan, as this would be a difficult job. I first gave my beds a good top dressing of old compost manure, and then the tan, but not so thick but what the tops of the plants have always been in sight, (when the snow was off.) If all the tan is left on the beds, will it not prevent this year's runners from taking root? Respectfully yours, T. P. Waltham, Matt., March 9.
Leave the tan on all summer, say from one to two inches deep. It is only necessary that-the heart or crown of the plant should be exposed when growth commences. The runners will strike roots through the tan. Ed.
IF. Jones, (New-York.) There is no better covering for beds or bulbs, (such as hyacinths, and tulips, Ranunculus, etc.,) tender herbaceous plants, etc., than tan laid over the top of the ground a couple of inches thick. A coat of this thickness should be laid over all strawberry beds in parts of the country where the winter frosts are severe upon them. And
Design for a District School Home.
Hort: Jan 1809.