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.
The flowers of the purple fringe tree - Rhus cotinus - gathered before they become ripened, may be tied up and dried in an ordinary room, and kept all winter without dropping or losing their beautiful feathery form. They are admirable in the making up of winter bouquets, along with grasses, etc.
W. T. The earliest bnlbs you can get into bloom, are the double roman and paper white Narcissus, and Van Thol tulips; and these you may grow in a room. - Lachenalia tri-color, and Hyacinths, you may have to follow them.
Jane. You will find directions for the cultivation of winter bulbs, in an article on the Narcissus in our September number for this year.
The following lines will be understood and appreciated by many of our readers. It is almost needless to say they are by Cowper: -
" Grudge not, ye rich (since Luxury must have Her dainties, and the World's more numerous half Lives by contriving delicates for you) - Grudge not the cost Ye little know the cares, The vigilance, the labor, and the skill, That day and night are exercised, and hang Upon the ticklish balance of suspense, That ye may garnish your profuse regales With summer fruits brought forth by wintry suns. Ten thousand dangers lie in wait to thwart The process. Heat, and cold, and wind, and steam, Moisture and drought, mice, worms, and swarmiug flies, Minute as dust, and numberless, oft work Dire disappointment, that admits no cure, And which no care can obviate. It were long, Too long, to tell the expedients and the shifts Which he that lights a season so severe Devises, while he guards his tender trust; And oft, at last, in vain".
Peter M. Gideon, of Excelsior, Minn., a little north of St. Paul, says, of nearly 4,000 fruit trees well mulched last fall not one was injured during the winter, while five of eight trees missed in mulching were badly damaged.
I hardly know what to say about this pear. I have fruited it for the past three years. It is a mean grower - to use common language - with small, twisting, and tumbling spray; yet, after a while, the limbs shoot up into respectable shape, and may make a top, by and bye. The tree bears well; is a thrifty grower; and the fruit of medium size, juicy, vinous, and good. Better on quince stocks than on pear - so I have found it. Is not this a queer sport of nature, that some kinds of pear should be better on the quince - a low, scrubby, acrid fruit bearing thing - than on the pear stock itself?
We wish this subject could be better ventilated. One grower thinks Winter Nelis best and most reliable - another advocates Duchesse de Bordeaux, while another brings the Josephine de Malines before public notice. All good, say we, but what of the Beurre d'remberg? Is not that worth looking after? The Lawrence is our best favorite, but it does not keep long enough. What have the friends of Mount Vernon to say in these late days - has it been forgotten so quick? Does the Doyenne du Cornice prove a fine grower and productive? Who can give the public worthy notes on the comparative merits of these for amateur plantation?