Vinks

Ibid. The best woody vines for the trellis of a veranda are the following: Chinese twining Honeysuckle, Yellow trumpet Honeysuckle, Chinese Wistaria, sweet scented Clematis, Tecoma grandiflora and the Virginia creeper. Ivy does better (north of 42° lat.) on the north side of buildings than the south side. The Dutchman's pipe vine is very hardy, with large picturesque foliage and will cover a large trellis or arbor.

Visits

We recently made a brief visit up the Hudson, stopping at Dr. Grant's, Mr. Down-ing's, Mr. Sargent's, and other places. We made short notes by the way, but returned too late to write them out for the present number. They will appear in our next:

Visits. Pinney's Orchard At Brockport

We made Mr. Pinney a hurried call on the first of August, and looked through his fine orchards of Peaches and dwarf Pears. His trees all looked well, considering the long drouth they had suffered. His Early York Peaches were gone, and he was just beginning to pick Crawford's Early, of which the crop is very heavy. This and the Early York are the two most certain and abundant bearers he has in his very large collection.- He had a crop of Fay's Early Ann, but they are small, and not much earlier than Early York. His orchard of dwarf Pears looked remarkably well; the trees made vigorous growth; and the Louise Bonne and Virgalieu, showed some fine specimens. The trees have been but three years planted, we believe, and show well for a crop next season. Those who talk of dwarf Pears not doing well, should see Mr. Pinney's trees. We think we observed only two cases of blight in the entire orshard.

Vinegar Animal

Hue, in his travels in China, gives a curious account of the "Vinegar Animal," a polypus found in the Yellow Sea, which is placed in a large vessel filled with fresh water, to which a few glasses of spirits are added; and, after twenty or thirty days, this liquid is transformed into excellent vinegar as clear as spring water, very strong, and of a very agreeable taste. Additions of pure water, without any more spirit, are all that is necessary to insure a perpetual supply. Like other polypi, it propagates from a detached limb. The formic acid of ants, and the exudations of the slimy grub which feeds on our pear leaves, contain vinegar.

Vinegar From Watermelons

A correspondent of the Agriculturist remarks that, perhaps it is not generally known that a very fine white vinegar can be made from the juice of watermelons. We had a very great quantity of melons last season, and, after we had cut out their crimson cores for eating, scraped the shells, from which we gained a large amount of juice. This we carefully strained, and put into jugs with small glass bottles in their mouths. We set the jugs out into the sun, and in time had a fine flavored, clear, strong, white vinegar. The vinegar at a certain stage will be very bitter, but, when perfected, loses this and acquires true vinegar taste.