We have received specimens of this fruit from T. D. Plumb, Esq., of Madison, Wisconsin, who describes it as a very popular variety at the West, where known, and is thought to be as valuable there as the:

Uvularia Perfoliata And Sessilifolia, (Bell Wort.)

These are graceful plants, about one foot high, resembling the preceding in their flowers, and the same damp, rich soil produces them.

V. S

The seed of onions may be tested by sprouting a small quantity in boiling water. If it is good it will sprout in fifteen or twenty minutes.

The Valonia Oak

J. Jay Smith: In Leroy's sale catalogue, the "Valonia Oak" is given as the common name of the Quercus AEgilops, and in the Hortus Kewensis edition, 1813, the French name of that species is given from Voyage d'Oliver as Chene valain, and the English name, "the great prickly cupped Oak, or Velanida-tree." The description of the species from the leaves and fruit is given in Hortus Kewensis from Wildenow, and may be used to determine whether the acorn from the Trojan plain is the fruit of the Q. AEgilops, which seems probable, especially as the species is native of the Levant.

Respectfully thy friend, Alan W. Corson.

I expect a tree of that species in the spring; very possibly to add to the many introduced that are too tender for our climate. I believe it is deciduous, and have more hope of its hardiness than of any evergreen oak. A. W. C.

Valuable Crop

The crop of blackberries on Long Island was sold, in New York, for about $5,000. The groceries paid 6 1/4 cents per quart, and, at this price, some persons received for blackberries sold from their land, more than the land itself would bring if put up for sale.

THE old Stuyvesant Pear-tree, in New York, aged one hundred rears, bore a bushed of fruit this season.

Valuable Pear

A first-class seedling pear from the Bartlett (known in Europe as the Williams' Bon chretien) has been raised by M. Morel, of Vaise-Lyon, France, and is figured in a recent colored frontispiece of The Revue Horticole. The fruit is of good size, and handsome in shape and color; the flesh is white, fine-grained, melting, juicy, and agreeably acidulous; ripening from the end of September to the middle of October or later. The tree is an abundant bearer, and it also does well on the Quince. It is recommended by M. Carriere as being in every respect of first-rate quality. We call special attention of American nurserymen to the propriety of introducing it into America.

The Value Of A Good Garden

A writer in The Prairie Farmer, says : - A man of my acquaintance, who follows a professional life, more than half supports for six of the spring, summer and autumn months, a family of five from the products of a spot of land considerably less than a quarter of an acre. The outside is set with the hardier small fruits, which, coming each in their season, furnish a luscious desert for the table; then comes peas, separate plantings, that gave of this delectable dish a supply for three months; and best of all, green corn, the first planted in April, the last in August, ripening from July to November, and giving a larger amount of palatable and wholesome food than can be produced in the same area, whatever other crop is planted.