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This variety was introduced from Japan by Dr. Hall, and placed in the hands of Messrs. Parsons & Co., of Flushing, L. I. Its vigorous habit, the season of its blooming, August and September, its magnificent trusses, changing from pure white to a most delicate tinge of pink, and the abundance of its bloom, render it one of the most desirable shrubs known.
Cedar Falls, Iowa, September 10, 1867.
Messrs. Editors : There are doubtless some who feel interested in knowing how grapes will succeed in this latitude, 421/2°, especially some of the new varieties. For the information of such I will send you a few notes.
My bearing vines consist of the following kinds: Diana, Delaware, Iona, Clinton, Creveling, Concord, Rogers' Hybrids Nos. 3 and 4, all of which are doing well, and especially Delaware and Rogers' Hybrids. Iona maintains its reputation as to quality, and from present appearances I think will be a good bearer. Rogers' No. 3 is a healthy, strong growing vine and an abundant bearer. The fruit is quite large and showy, of but medium quality. It is desirable, however, for its earliness. Among the new kinds that do not succeed with me are Israella, Allen's Hybrid, and Adi-rondac. Respectfully yours,
D. T. Choat.
This new hydrangea bloomed in several gardens in this country the past year. The flower spikes are of an immense size, white at first, changing to a dull purple or pink. Like ail of the hydrangeas, it is a coarse - looking plant when in bloom, and only suitable for the open border. It is apparently quite hardy, a merit which will make it quite acceptable to those who have room for a great variety of shrubs.