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. Rand showed a flower from a plant which had 39 expanded flowers. The fragrance is so powerful that a single flower will scent a room.
A new and very handsome variety of the Amygdalus communis, possessing variegated leaves, has been introduced in Europe by M . Ausseur, Sertier, Nurseryman of Lieusanit (Seine et Marn) . This plant is described as being very vigorous, a beautiful, strong grower; and the beautiful color of the leaves - fine green, marked with snow-white streaks, somewhat like variegated Negerado - make not only a charming contrast but a magnificent display when put en masse .
A very pretty edging to a bed of dahlias we saw this last season, formed of the plain and variegated-leaved periwinkles. It was kept clipped about eight inches wide, and was very effective,
The best known Vinca (V. minor) is a common garden plant, and is known as Periwinkle or Running Myrtle. In old gardens, its creeping stems cover large patches with bright green foliage, from amongst which delicate blue flowers appear in early spring. The larger Vinca (V. major) is less hardy and not so common. It has larger and more rounded leaves than the other. Both these species have produced varieties with the leaves marked with yellow in such a manner as to make them decidedly ornamental plants. These variegated forms are frequently used for hanging baskets, but they do not hold their leaves perfectly during the winter, and are not well suited for house cultivation. For baskets and vases outside it, they are most useful plants, and when planted in a basket or vase, they hang over the edge with a very fine effect - Ex.
Mr. Greive, the experienced cultivator of these charming plants, recommends the selection of the best of autumn struck cuttings. In February shift into pots one size larger, keep near the glass and in a temperature not lower than 45° as a minimum. Turn the plants frequently, so as to expose all sides to the sun. Early in May shift into six or eight inch pots, using a compost of turfy loam enriched with a small amount of decayed manure. During the summer months, they succeed best in a pit or ordinary frame fully exposed to the sun. Any leading shoots may be topped. In June or July the plants will become beautiful objects for decorative purposes.
Mr. Downing - Dear Sir: Permit me, through the Medium of your ever welcome Horticulturist, to make a few inquiries concerning the different species and varieties of the Box. I have not been able to find in your pages anything about It, excepting the manner of propagating the dwarf variety - which I suppose to be the common Box, (Bux-us sempervirens,) which I have seen four and a half feet high, and perhaps thirty years old - and which is used for borders In this vicinity. Cannot you give us a description of all the known varieties? Is not it one of our finest evergreens, and worthy a special chapter in the Horticulturist? and will yon not tell us the name of the Hawthorn used for hedges In England, and described by Mr. Olmstead in his "Walks and Talks" - and whether it can be procured at our nurseries, and oblge yours truly, A Novice. New-England, April 5, 1852.