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.
Mr. Olmsted appears to have got hold of a good fruit, and I hope we shall hear from it hereafter. A single bearing, however, is not always a correct test. He is considerate enough to tell us the soil on, which it grows, which is always important, to enable us to judge of the quality of a fruit. A deep, clayey loam is the only soil on which accurately to test the pear. This, with enough of lime, ashes, and the phosphates in it - artificially applied, if these ingredients are naturally lacking, or bare been exhausted - will show us what the fruit really is.
The Asters hare been so much improved of late years by foreign florists, that they have developed into flowers and shrubs of exceeding beauty of habit and color. They are profuse bloomers, and seem to thrive in ordinary soil and moderate care but are best in a warm, light soil, mulched lightly in too hot or dry weather; an occasional supply of manure water is a benefit, helping their size, beauty and duration of the bloom of the flowers. The floral world is indebted to Truffant, the celebrated florist of Versailles, France, for the production of what is now considered the "gem" of all varieties, his new"Paeony flowered." Aster (see illustration). The habit of the plant is fine, about one and a half feet high, flowers very double, round in shape, resembling a ball, and surpassing all others in size and brilliancy of color. Among other new varieties worthy of memorable note are the following:
Silas C When you take up your tuberoses, dry them thoroughly in a greenhouse or window exposed to the sun, before you put them away. We hare no doubt you did not attend to this last year, or else you kept them in a damp place.
The Agriculturist mentions a new tuberose growing only eighteen inches high, and producing flowers double the usual size. If so, it is quite desirable.
If plants of these, which are commencing to throw up flower stems, are carefully taken up and potted, well watered and shaded for a few days, and placed in the greenhouse, they will flower for a long time after frost has destroyed those outside. Late flowering Gladiolus may be treated the same way, but not taken up until a sharp frost is expected. These plants make a good show standing among other greenhouse plants, and are also useful for cutting.
(W. F. B., Ashfleld, Mass.) If your tulip-trees are to be taken from the woods, care must be taken to secure as much as possible of the roots; plant again as soon as you can, and well water at planting. To get them to do well, choose plants five or six feet high, and, after planting, cut to the ground, and select the strongest shoot for the future tree. There will be no time lost by the sacrifice. There is but the one variety.