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.
We gather from the newspapers that McKen-zib's seedling Camellia, named Victoria, has been sold to an English plant-grower for $1,000. We have heard nothing of its merits. Mr. H. A. Graef, of Brooklyn, sent us a few days ago a plant in bloom, of a handsome new variety, Ellen's Favorite, (Hicks). The flower is large and well formed, of a rosy carmine color, and the plant appears to be a free grower, Mr. G. says it strikes very freely from cuttings.
"We are greatly indebted to several friends and correspondents for kindly suggestions, which we do not allow to pass unheeded. We need advice greatly, and are not ashamed to confess it.
One hints that we have mined the Horticulturist with Pears; that many subscribers "are sick of Pears;" and that a certain journal East has split all to pieces on the same rock, Pears. We are alarmed, of course. In our simplicity we thought every body wanted to know something about Pears.
Another is sick of the French articles on the "Pruning and Management of the Peach," because such information is "not adapted to this country." Here, again, we were in error. We thought that even in this country, and among our subscribers, there were a few who trained Peach trees on walls and trellises; and that even if there were not, there were persons engaged in the management of Peach trees in the open air, as standards, who might derive some benefit from LepeRe's very complete account of his system of propagating, planting, pruning, training, and treating the Peach tree, under all circumstances.
The culture of the Peach in this country is, as a general thing, the very worst that can be imagined. Everywhere we see skeleton orchards staring at us over the fences, like the ghosts of trees that had died a premature death from cruel treatment. If cultivators would study the nature and habits of the tree, as Lepere has done, and apply a mode of treatment adapted to it, they would have trees that would do them honor, instead of being a disgrace. We ask our friends who have thought it a waste of paper to reprint this article, to read it over again, and see whether it be really so uninstructive as they imagine.
We will thank our friends and readers to speak out plainly, and tell us when we err; but we beg them to be charitable, and not to forget that we have several thousand readers to provide for, and that among so many there must be some discontented.