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.
Last spring we received a seedling Raspberry from Mr. Clarke, of New Haven. It has fruited, and afforded us much satisfaction. It is a stout grower, and has borne abundantly. The berry is large, red, sweet, and high flavored. It is a decidedly good thing. We should not be sorry to have a large bed of it. Mr. Clarke's plan of sending a plant instead of simply the fruit, is a good one, as it enables us to speak more confidently than we otherwise could. We received at the same time a new Rhubarb, which looks finely, but we have not yet cut it.
G. W. Campbell, of Delaware, Ohio, writes us in relation to this raspberry as follows : "I am happy to be able to add my testimony as to the hardiness of the Clarke Raspberry, as well as to its great excellence. It endured 25° below zero here last winter, fully exposed, and came out this spring wholly uninjured. X find it quite distinct from the Kirtland, being of better flavor, a little firmer, of larger size, stronger growth and foliage, and apparently equally hardy. All things considered, I regard the 'Clarke' as the most valuable red raspberry within my knowledge."
Vernon, Oneida Co., N. Y. Messrs. Woodward : I have been thinking of writing you for some time of our trials and troubles with fruits, flowers, etc., in central New York this season, but have not got to it yet. And by the way, is Clematis Sophia hardy enough to remain out here during the winter ? and can you tell me why Wistaria floribundus (big name), one I bought of W. R. Prince, of Flushing, some nine years ago, has never blossomed ?
It grows finely, but has never shown a blossom bud yet.
[Clematis Sophia will endure the winter well in your climate, if protected as described by A. S. Fuller in ."Record of Horticulture," that is, taken down and coiled around the foot of the stakes, and three or four inches of coarse litter, such as straw and leaves, thrown over them, and over the whole a few shovelfuls of soil. The buds of your Wistaria are probably winter killed. We should protect in the same manner as for the clematis, and also pinch back young side-shoots in July or August, to form spurs on which flower buds will appear year after year.]