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 new grapes having been somewhat extensively introduced into this country, our readers will be glad to obtain all possible reliable information in regard to them. The following remarks on the Bowood Muscat, respecting the merits of which some doubts have been entertained, will be read with interest:
"On visiting Shrubland last week I was struck with the prolific character of this grape, which is cultivated there in pots, among Black Hamburghs and Sweetwater, and in every case had set better and produced more bunches than either of those kinds, and under very adverse circumstances, having the worst position in the house - near the door. I learned from Mr. Foggo that little or no artificial heat had been given; in fact, only one pipe ran round the house, and it was equally forward with the other sorts. I have not the slightest doubt that it is as hardy as the Sweetwater. The whole of the plants I saw had from six to nine good-sized bunches of well-formed berries, which differ very little in appearance from the Muscat of Alexandria but possibly the habit is not quite bo strong. Of course they were not ripe, but having tasted this sort frequently, I can pronounce it to be of very superior excellence. I can strongly recommend its introduction where a hardy prolific Muscat-flavored Grape is required." - James Cutbush, Highgate Nurseries.