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.
An officer of the U.S. ship Independence, gives us a poor account of the Guano Island they have been in search of. It proved of no value whatever, had no landing-place, is in a rainy district, and the waves wash it, in high winds! The information which led to the search was an imposition, and its author deserves punishment; he appears to have done it wilfully and knowingly, in order to get up a Guano Company.
A Subscriber asks what he shall do with an old quarry which is in view from his house, and is very unpicturesque? Follow nature. When the rawness is softened, and in part concealed and ornamented by the effects of time and the progress of vegetation, deformity, by this usual process, is converted into pioturesqueness. Hasten the process by the judicious planting of trees, shrubs, and creeping and climbing plants, and a delightfully retired wilderness of sweets may be created immediately. Mosses piled into shady, damp places, ivy made to cling to the sides, possibly a spring in the centre, with aquatic plants in perfection, will often add greatly to the wild charms of even an old gravel pit. To fill up such places is expensive; to dress and adorn them costs little trouble or money, and they may be often masked by plantations, and so united with the general scenery at a distance, as to produce great novelty and variety when approached.