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.
A new apple under the above name is described in the Rural World as a seedling raised on the farm of John Huntsman, Fayetteville, Mo. The description says: "Size, large; color, yellow, with a red cheek; and quality, first rate; season, from December to April; tree, a regular, heavy bearer - not having failed of producing a crop in twenty-two years."
When trimming grass edgings along pathways or around flower beds and borders, be careful to do the work in such manner that, when finished, the grass will appear as it were to line the path or border, and not rise from it, staring, with a raw earthy look of one or two precipitous inches. To our eye, nothing exhibits less of landscape knowledge and true taste than a raw edge separating the grass from the road line. It is only one remove, and that a straight one, from the practice of placing a brick coping.
Mulch all newly-planted trees. If none other is at hand, take that away from trees planted last year, as they are now partially established and better able to bear drought, heat, dry, cracked soil, etc., than the newly-planted tree. It is best, however, to provide new mulch for all the newty-planted trees.
As a root crop for feeding to all kinds of stock, the carrot is unquestionably the best. Those who have spare ground, not required for other purposes, will do well to prepare it for growing this root. Repeated plowings, commencing early in spring, and at each successive turning of the ground deepening the furrow an inch, making the last plowing about the last of May, and sowing immediately, we have found to give us a good crop with comparatively few weeds.
Be careful to remove all suckers that appear around the roots of trees-cut clean with a sharp knife.
Remember that the earlier all kinds of trees and shrubs, except evergreens, are transplanted, the greater is their chance of growth and success, because of the necessity of the broken roots being healed and new ones formed, before warm suns and showers burst the buds and cause the leaves to draw nourishment from them.
All the good old June Roses, like George the Fourth, Tourterelle, etc., make better growths and give more and finer blooms to have one half of the length of last year's wood cut off. Dig around them, and apply liberally well-rotted manure.
Hybrid Perpetual Roses we always cut down to two or three buds from the ground, depending on the new growth to give us flowers, commencing just as the June Roses are done, and continuing on until December.