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 testimony of the Western New York Fruit Growers' Society, as well as that of all other meetings, and of most cultivators, is, that for rich garden soils there is no one grape superior to the Delaware. Not doubting the correctness of this universal judgment, we remember that our visits to gardens often bring us in those where rich soil is the exception rather than the rule, and that particularly just where the grapevines are planted. We therefore, without knowing just the soil you have, and the care you propose to bestow on your vines, would advise as three sorts, hardy in the vines, early of ripening, and of above average good quality, the Crevelling, Rogers' No. 4, and Rogers' No. 15.]
Azalea, "Her Majesty." - The London Florist says, "Her Majesty is a sport from Madame Miellez, and one of the finest Azaleas which has yet been obtained, both as regards form and substance, while in color and marking it is quite distinct from all others. The flowers are of the full average size, and the color is a soft lilac tinted blush, more or leas dense, white at the margin, thickly spotted with crimson in the upper part, and marked with variable stripes, or sometimes broad-ish bars of deep, rosy purple. The plant is a strong, robust grower.,,
IN the January number I read the notice about mice having girdled your friend's trees. But let me tell you that they have done here immense damage. For this two days of thawing weather we have been occupied in the orchard and nursery to cover the girdled parts with liquid wax. In some places hardly a tree escaped. I have just received a letter from a friend in East Hamburg, who says: "You can not imagine the amount of damage that has been made through this section by the mice."
Tramping the snow around the trees is practicable in an orchard of standard trees, but is difficult in a dwarf pear orchard of close planting and a three-feet deep snow; and entirely impracticable in a nursery where the snow-drifts are from three to five feet high. Is there no remedy of a more general and easier application? Yours, etc., G.
Buffalo, N. T.
Pittsburg, Feb. 11, 1867. Messrs. The Editors Of The HortiCulturist, New York - Dear Sirs: Mr. John Ellis (Fox Meadow), White Plains, in this month's number of your magazine says that moonshine is as likely to produce "rot" in grapes as lightning, and asks, "We believe there are thunders and lightnings in California?"
Lest his ill-considered remarks should tend to mislead, I answer, as publicly as be asks, that if he will examine the meteorological reports for California for the summer months, he will find the answer to be "no."
No rain, no thunder, no lightning, no rot.
In return, let me ask Mr. Ellis - Is there moonshine in California ?
He may know as much about the one as the other. I am yours truly,
J. P. Bennett.