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.
Among the recent importations from Alicant, Spain, were some seeds of the Carob tree, the pods of which, when ripe, contain a few drops of a substance resembling honey, and on that account supposed to be the sort of food used by St John in the wilderness. It blooms twice a year, and attains a large size; a single tree, sometimes, yielding a ton of pods. It affords most nutritive food to cattle, horses and mules, who thrive wonderfully upon it, and it will, doubtless, succeed well in the Southern, and perhaps in the Middle States - Newspaper Paragraph.
The Carob tree, (Ceratonia Siliqua) would doubtless be a valuable addition to our Southern States, coming as it does from the same latitude as the " Pride of India" (Melia Azedarack) and other things which are found to do well in the South. In the middle States it would probably rank with the julibrissin in hardiness, no further. The fruit is about the length of our Honey Locust, about half as wide, but considerably thicker; and, instead of a " few drops resembling honey," is filled with a sweet pulpy mass, at least such were those eaten by the writer.
The cattle "who" hrive well on it, doubtless find nothing deleterious in the seeds, in which case it could not fail to be nutritious. I have occasionally met with specimens in Phila. and New York collections, not "recently imported." P.
Whitlavia grandiflora, has flowered in this vicinity, and proves a very pretty addition to our list of hardy annuals. The habit and appearance of the plant is similar to the Eutoca; but the flower is of a deeper blue, tubular, haying the appearance of a minature Gloxinea. It will become popular. P.
Onotheoea Maerocarpa, is a a very fine dwarf perennial "Evening primrose." The yellow flowers are three inches in diameter, and, being borne on long footstalks, are elevated above the recumbent branches. It should be classed with the Dicentra spectabilis in a collection of fine hardy plants, though this only gives us a spring welcome; while the "primrose" smiles on our evening walks, and morning rambles the whole summer long. P.
Weigela amabilis, turns out very like a rogue. He has not at any rate answered the expectation I formed of him. To give it what is due, it seems botanically distinct from W. rosea,- the leaves are wedge shaped at the base and somewhat petiolate, and the flowers are on long slender footstalks; but in color and form as near alike to the common one, as two marrowfat peas are to each other. P.