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[image] CELERY 4 BEST SORTS NEW GIANT PASCAL GOLDEN SELF-BLANCHING WHITE PLUME PINK AROMATIC

CELERY. One ounce will produce about 6,000 plants. This we consider one of the luxuries of the garden. For first crop sow the seed early in hotbeds, or in boxes in the house, in rich, moist soil, covering the seed very lightly. For main crop sow seed in open ground in April or as soon as the soil is in good condition. Seed germinates slowly and if weather is hot and dry protect with light covering of hay or straw. Stir soil as soon as plants are well up; thin out and transplant so that they stand about an inch apart in the row. If they grow too rapidly, shear the tops off when about 4 or 5 inches high and this will make them more stocky. For main crop set plants out between June 15th and July 15th in rows three feet apart and the plants six inches apart in the row. Care should be exercised to firm the earth well around plants when setting and they will root better. Keep clear of weeds until about the middle of August, when it will be time to begin earthing up. Draw the soil up against the plants with a hoe as closely as possible, firming it enough to keep plants in an upright position. Later in the season the blanching process must be finished by digging the soil from between the rows and banking it clear to the tops on each side of the row of celery. Much labor is saved by growing the self-bleaching varieties, but they do not keep quite as well for winter use. GIANT PASCAL.--Stalks remarkably large, thick, solid, entirely stringless, very crisp and brittle. A vigorous grower and is self-blanching, clear white. Pkt. 5c, oz. 20c, 1/4 lb. 60c, lb. $1.75.

ROSE RIBBED SELF-BLANCHING.--See novelties. Pkt. 10c, oz. 30c, 1/4 lb. 85c, lb. $3.00. GOLDEN SELF-BLANCHING.--This is by far the most popular variety now on the market. It is of medium earliness, of dwarf, compact habit, with thick, solid, heavily ribbed stalks, which blanch easily to a clear waxen yellow. When grown in rich, moist soil, the stalks are numerous and large with a solid heart of beautiful yellow. The seed is scarce this year. Pkt. 5c, oz. 30c, 1/4 lb. $1.00, lb. $3.50. HENDERSON'S HALF DWARF.--Entirely solid, possessing a rich nutty flavor, while it has much vigor of growth and heavy bunch. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 45c, lb. $1.50. WHITE PLUME.--Stalks, portions of the inner leaves, and heart naturally white and become fit for use by simply tying it up closely with soft twine. More used than any other variety by market gardeners. Our seed is of the highest quality and sure to please all. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 50c, lb. $1.75. WINTER QUEEN.--The finest dwarf winter celery. Of a rich green coloring, like the Giant Pascal, it is more readily blanched and ready for use earlier in the fall. The plants make large bunches of extra heavy stalks of even length, making a very handsome appearance; fine flavor, best table quality; keeps until May. Pkt. 10c, oz. 40c, 1/4 lb. $1.25. GOLDEN DWARF.--Waxy golden yellow, cylindrical, solid, crisp. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 40c, lb. $1.25. BOSTON MARKET.--Leaves dark green, stalks when blanched nearly white. Excellent quality, solid, crisp and tender. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 40c, lb. $1.25.

[image] CELERIAC OR TURNIP-ROOTED CELERY.

CELERIAC or TURNIP ROOTED.--Grown for the roots. Excellent for salad and flavoring. Very popular among our German customers. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 50c, lb. $1.50. OLD CELERY SEED.--For flavoring. Oz. 5c, 1/4 lb. 15c, lb. 40c. CELERY PLANTS.--See Vegetable Plants.

CHUFAS, OR EARTH ALMOND. A nice little ground nut which is greatly liked by the children. In sweetness and flavor they resemble the cocoanut or almond and are considered very nice put on the table in a fruit dish with candies, and as an after dinner relish. Very prolific, a single one yielding from two to four hundred. The nuts grow under ground, very near the surface, easily reached by pigs and poultry, and destroyed by them if they have free access. Plant in April, ten inches apart in two and one-half foot rows. Cover them lightly. If the seed is very dry, soak them well before planting. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 20c, lb. 50c.

[image] CHUFAS.

CELERY FRESH FROM THE GARDEN IS A LUXURY APPRECIATED BY ALL.

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[image] COPYRIGHTED 1832 BY W.A.B.&Co. COUNTRY GENTLEMAN.

SWEET CORN. One quart will plant 200 hills; one peck will plant an acre in hills. Plant as soon as the ground becomes warm in the spring, in hills about 3 feet apart; five or six grains to the hill, and when up thin them out, allowing three or four of the strongest plants to remain. Give thorough cultivation. Our sweet corn is carefully grown and selected, only the choicest, most perfect ears being shelled for seed. It costs us more and is far superior to such stock as is often sold by other dealers. Packets contain about 2 ounces. We pay the postage by the pkt., 1/2 pt. and qt. Deduct ten cents on each quart if to be sent by express. Pints at half quart prices. The half pint packages are very desirable for small families. EARLY SUNRISE.--See novelties. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 15c, qt. 50c. By express, 1/2 pk. 75c, pk. $1.25. EXTRA EARLY CORY--(White Cob.)--This has for years been the most popular variety with market gardeners for first early market and until the introduction of the Early Sunrise it was grown more largely than any other early sort by Des Moines gardeners. It is of a dwarf growth and yields well. Ears of medium size. This year we offer the improved white cobbed variety. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 15c, qt. 4[?]c. By exp. 1/2 pk. 60c, pk. $1.00. CHAMPION EARLY--Without doubt the earliest large corn ever introduced, being but a few days later than Cory, with ears nearly as large as the Mammoth. Ears were grown ready for table use in sixty-one days from the time of planting, and they weighed one and one-half pounds each and were 12 1/2 inches long, by 8 1/2 inches around. To help you realize these figures, get the largest ear of field corn you can find and compare measurements. This was grown with special culture. An average size is about nine inches long. It has a medium size white cob and large pearly white kernels, very sweet, tender and full of milk. No market gardener can afford to be without it, and every family garden should contain at least a few hills. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 15c, qt. 50c. By express, 1/2 pk. 65c, pk. $1.10. EARLY MINNESOTA.--A standard early variety that has held a high place in the list of sweet corns ever since its introduction. The ears are of good size, well flavored and of the best cooking qualities. Valuable for either private or market use. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 12c, qt. 35c. By express, 1/2 pk. 60c, pk. $1.00. EXTRA EARLY ADAMS or BURLINGTON.--This is not a true Sweet Corn, but produces ears well filled with tender white grains. It is very early and on account of its hardiness and hard round grain, it can be planted much earlier than sweet corn. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 10c, qt. 30c. By express, 1/2 pk. 50c, pk. 90c. COUNTRY GENTLEMAN.--An improvement on the old favorite Shoe Peg Sweet Corn. Our illustration of a single stalk shows its great productiveness; the crop can be counted on to give three to five ears to a stalk. When this unusual abundance is coupled with the luscious quality, the general superiority of this new variety will be quickly seen. The cob is very small, thereby giving great depth to the kernels which are of pearly whiteness, and we cannot say too often--surprisingly sweet and tender. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 15c, qt. 50c. By express, 1/2 pk. 75c, pk. $1.25. CROSBY'S EARLY.--For medium early use and general crop this is one of the most desirable varieties. Ears are of medium size and the cooking qualities excellent. A good cropper and profitable for family use and as a market sort. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 12c, qt. 35c. By exp. 1/2 pk. 60c, pk. $1.00. IMPROVED STOWELL'S EVERGREEN.--For many years Stowell's Evergreen corn has been the most prominent main crop variety and is more largely planted than any other, being a general favorite with canners and market gardeners for late use. We have been selecting this for a number of years to improve it for family use. The ears are medium to large size, and our illustration was made by combining the picture of the lower part of an ear in fit condition for table use with part of an ear of dry seed corn. The grains are deep, exceptionally tender and remain a long time in an edible condition. The dried kernels are shriveled so much that they readily show its unusual sweetness. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 15c, qt. 45c. By express, 1/2 pk. 70c, pk. $1.20. BLACK MEXICAN.--Although the ripe grain is black or bluish black, the corn, when in condition for the table, cooks remarkably white, and is surpassed by none in tenderness. This, by many is considered the most desirable for family use of the second early sorts. Will stand more hot, dry weather than any other. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 15c, qt. 50c. By exp. 1/2 pk. 75c, pk. $1.25. MAMMOTH SUGAR.--This produces the largest ear of any sweet corn, a single ear sometimes weighing as much as two or three pounds; quality very sweet and luscious. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 15c, qt. 40c. By express, 1/2 pk. 60c, pk. $1.00. EVERGREEN FODDER.--For dairymen. Quart 25c. By express, 1/2 pk. 35c, pk. 60c, bu. $2.00.

POP-CORN. It pays to raise pop-corn as a general crop. Demand usually exceeds the supply. Some farmers claim that it is as easily grown as field corn and they receive three to four times the amount per acre for the crop. For main crop the Monarch White Rice will bring the best price per pound, as it is better known. Let the children try a small patch anyway for home use. Ask for price in quantity. SNOWBALL.--See novelties. Pkt. 10c, 1/2 pt. 20c, qt. 65c. PAGE'S NEW STRIPED RICE.--The best, handsomest and most attractive variety of pop-corn in existence. The color is a clear, translucent white, and each kernel is beautifully striped with bright crimson. The ears are of good size, and well filled out. Early, very productive, and very tender when popped, bursting out very large, white as snow and of finest quality. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 20c, qt. 65c. By exp. 1/2 pk. $1.25, pk. $2.25. MINIATURE.--A regular little beauty. Attractive on account of its small size and handsome, perfect shaped ears which are only two to three inches long, with very deep, pure white kernels which pop to immense size. Three to eight ears to stalk. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 20c, qt. 65c.

[image] PAGE'S STRIPED RICE.

QUEEN'S GOLDEN.--Color a peculiar lustrous golden yellow; pops to a rich cream color; very prolific. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 15c, qt. 50c. MAPLEDALE PROLIFIC.--The most productive pop-corn, averaging 5 to 12 good ears to the stalk. Pops to large size and very tender. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 15c, qt. 50c. MONARCH WHITE RICE--The best white variety. Bears frem [from] 3 to 6 ears per stalk, and produces 1,500 to 2,000 lbs. per acre. It will pay you to try it. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 15c, qt. 40c. By exp. 1/2 pk. 70c, pk. $1.25.

[image] MATURED AND DRY, READY FOR SEED. NOTICE THE SMALL COB AND DEPTH OF GRAIN. IN THE GREEN STATE, READY FOR MARKET. IMPROVED STOWELL'S EVERGREEN.

IT PAYS TO PLANT OUR EVERGREEN FODDER CORN FOR DAIRY COWS.

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[image] IMPROVED NEW YORK EGG PLANT.

EGG PLANT. A tender plant, which should be started quite early in a hotbed or box in the house which must be kept warm. Transplant late to open ground 2 1/2 feet apart. IMPROVED NEW YORK.--Our strain of this, the leading market variety, we believe to be unsurpassed. Very large size, skin deep purple, flesh white and of excellent quality. Very productive. Pkt. 5c, oz. 40c, 1/4 lb. $1.25. EARLY ROUND PURPLE.--The earliest variety in existence, being several weeks earlier than the above. Fruit is exactly the same shape and color as the Improved New York Purple, but is somewhat smaller. It is fully equal in quality, and what it lacks in size is made up in productiveness. Pkt. 5c, oz. 35c, 1/4 lb. $1.10. PEARL WHITE.--Pure creamy white, with slight shading of light green near the stem; good quality. Pkt. 5c, oz. 40c, 1/4 lb. $1.40.

KOHL RABI. One ounce will produce about 2500 plants. If you have never grown Kohl Rabi you should try it this year. It is a most excellent vegetable, intermediate between the cabbage and turnip. Cultivate like cabbage and cook like turnips. GOLIATH PURPLE.--Of immense size, solid and sweet; keeps well. In buying it will pay you to have the best. Pkt. 5c, oz. 25c, 1/4 lb. 75c, lb. $2.00. EARLY WHITE VIENNA--Flesh white and tender; good market sort. Pkt. 5c, oz. 20c, 1/4 lb. 60c, lb. $1.75.

[image] KOHL RABI.

VINE PEACH. A splendid novelty introduced by us. The vine on which they are borne is somewhat similar to the musk melon vine, and requires the same cultivation. The fruit is about the size of a large peach, oval shaped, and of a bright orange-yellow color, somewhat russetted. For sweet pickles, pies or preserving they are supurb [superb]. Receipts for preparing for the table will be sent with each order. In the west and northwest, where fruit is scarce, they are becoming popular, as they are easily cultivated, wonderfully prolific, and can be used in every way in which you would use a peach, except that they are not usually liked raw. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 50c.

[image] GREEN CURLED ENDIVE.

ENDIVE. One ounce will sow about 60 square feet. Preferred to lettuce by those who have tried it. Should be more largely used. One of the best and most wholesome salads for fall and winter use. When leaves are eight inches long tie them together with string near the top to blanch. GREEN CURLED.--Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 40c, lb. $1.25. GIANT FRINGED.--A handsome winter sort of fine quality. Pkt. 10c, oz. 30c, 1/4 lb. $1.00.

Ornamental Pomegranate. An ornamental little fruit which a century ago was commonly grown in the gardens, but is now rarely seen. Grows on a pretty vine; fruit is round, yellow, irregularly striped with orange red or mahogany; fragrant, a single specimen will sweetly perfume a room for many days; prolific, easily grown. Often called Queen Anne's Pocket Melon. Pkt. 5c, oz. 25c.

[image] VINE PEACH

[image] POMEGRANATE.

GROUND CHERRY. IMPROVED YELLOW.--Another year adds only to the popularity of this already popular little fruit which we introduced, and it is now listed in the catalogues of the leading seedsmen of the country to whom we supply seed. It is a great improvement on the wild Ground Cherry. They grow well on almost any dry soil; are easier raised than the tomato, and are prolific bearers, and, oh! what luscious fruit! For sauce they are excellent, and for pies nothing can equal them for taste and flavor. They are delicious as preserves and when dried in sugar are much better than raisins for cakes and puddings, and they will keep, in the shuck, if put in a cool place, nearly all winter. No one, after raising them once, will ever make a garden again without devoting a portion to the Ground Cherry. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 oz. 25c, oz. 40c.

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MAMMOTH YELLOW.--See Novelties. Pkt. 10c. PURPLE or Husk Tomato.--This fruit is quite popular in some places. The plants produce handsome purple fruit in great abundance, which are from one to two inches in diameter and enveloped in a husk similar to the Yellow Ground Cherry. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 oz. 25c, oz. 40c. GIANT SCARLET.--Also called Chinese Lantern Plant. A very popular novelty and has proven quite satisfactory in some parts of this country. Pkt. 10c.

Collection. One packet each of the four Ground Cherries for only 20c.

GARDEN LEMON. Introduced by us and has been highly praised. Fruit is of the shape shown in our engraving, is somewhat smaller than Vine Peach, has thinner flesh, and is decidedly more acid, thus dispensing with the sliced lemons which are so important in putting up the Vine Peach. Directions for cooking with each packet. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 50c.

[image] GARDEN LEMON

GOURDS. Cultivate as cucumbers, or may be trained over lattice work, fences, etc. JAPANESE NEST EGG.--Grows almost uniformly to the size, color and shape of a hen's egg. The shells are hard and make the very best nest eggs, as they do not crack. The largest ones when sawed in two make excellent pots for starting tomato, strawberry and other plants. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c. DIPPER.--Makes a more light and convenient dipper than can be bought. Dippers of various sizes, of a capacity of from a pint to a quart and a half, can be had from a few vines. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c. SUGAR TROUGH.--Very convenient for buckets, nest boxes, etc. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c. LUFFA, or DISH CLOTH.--The peculiar lining of this fruit, which is sponge-like, porous, tough, elastic and durable, makes a natural dish-cloth or sponge. The seed should be started early in the hotbed or in the house. Pkt. 10c, oz. 35c. HERCULES CLUB.--Grows to immense size--sometimes 4 to 6 feet long. Pkt. 5c, oz. 25c. MIXED UTILITY.--Seeds of the above mixed. Pkt. 5c, oz. 25c. ORNAMENTAL GOURDS MIXED.--A mixture of the odd shaped and fancy colored sorts. Contains some of the most popular and handsome foreign varieties. Pkt. 5c, oz. 30c.

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DIRECTIONS FOR PRESERVING SENT WITH GARDEN LEMON, GROUND CHERRY AND VINE PEACH SEED.

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[image] ICEBERG LETTUCE.

LETTUCE. One ounce will sow 120 feet of drill. Probably no vegetable is more universally used than Lettuce, and to be thoroughly appreciated it must be brought to the table fresh and unwilted. The quality of lettuce depends largely upon a rapid and vigorous growth. Sow in hotbed in March and in open ground as early as it can be worked, thinly in drills one foot apart. For a succession sow every three weeks during the season. The soil should be rich and mellow. Thin out plants as they grow. CONTINUITY.--A novelty of dark brown, nearly black color and excellent quality. See description with novelties. Pkt. 10c, oz. 25c. EARLY CURLED SIMPSON.--An improved variety of the Curled Silesia, with large, loose heads; excellent flavor. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 25c, lb. 75c.

[image] Improved Hanson Lettuce

ICEBERG.--The large, curly leaves that cover the outside of the solid heads are of a bright, light green, with a very slight reddish tinge at the edges. The center is thoroughly blanched. Whether in the early spring or the hottest days of summer, the quality is simply perfect. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 40c. DENVER MARKET.--An early variety of Head Lettuce either for forcing or open ground. It forms large, solid heads, of a good light green color, and is very slow to go to seed. The leaves are beautifully marked and blistered (like the Savoy cabbages), and very crisp, tender and of excellent flavor. By these blistered leaves it distinguishes itself from any other kind of lettuce now grown. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 30c, lb. 85c. GRAND RAPIDS.--A forcing variety of superior quality and beautiful appearance, strong grower, free from rot, and keeps crisp and tender without wilting when exposed for sale, longer than any other forcing lettuce. It is also a desirable variety for sowing in open ground. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 40c, lb. $1.20. CALIFORNIA CREAM BUTTER.--A variety of cabbage lettuce, with round, solid head, as shown in the illustration; outside the heads are of medium green, slightly marked with small brown spots; within, the leaves are of a very rich cream yellow color, and particularly rich and buttery to the taste. The heads are of good size, compact, very hard and solid. In California they eat the heart only, with a dressing of olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 40c, lb. $1.20. SALAMANDER.--An excellent spring, summer and fall variety, forming good sized heads that stand drouth and heat longer without injury than any other sort; matures very early. Per pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 30c, lb. 90c. RELISH.--When visiting the place of one of our seed growers in California, we were greatly pleased with this fine new variety which we do not hesitate to call the best of all for family use. It is one of those rich buttery flavored sorts which after one becomes accustomed to, they always prefer to the crisp leaved varieties. It is the blanched yellow center of the head that is eaten with olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. A desirable sort for family use and market gardeners, either for forcing or growing in the open ground. Early and hardy. Pkt. 5c, oz. 20c, 1/4 lb. 60c.

[image] "DENVER MARKET" LETTUCE

[image] California Cream Butter Lettuce.

IMPROVED HANSON--For general use both of market gardeners and in the private garden, we are sure that no variety can surpass our improved, carefully selected strain of Hanson Lettuce. It has been so judiciously improved that the heads are so solid that often they do not send up a seed stalk unless cut open with a knife. Heads are very large, green outside and nearly white within, deliciously sweet, crisp and tender, and almost absolutely free from rank or bitter tastes. Resists the summer heat exceptionally well. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 30c, lb. $1.00. MORSE.--Might well be called an improved Black Seeded Simpson. Is very desirable for growing under glass or out doors. We consider this one of the finest family sorts in existence. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 35c, lb. $1.20. PRIZE HEAD.--Very tender leaves of dark reddish brown color, variegated with dark green. Heads large and of good flavor. We sell more of this than any other brown leaved variety; always satisfactory. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 30c, lb. 8[?]c. BLACK SEEDED SIMPSON.--Nearly double the size of the ordinary Curled Simpson; stands the summer well without becoming tough or running to seed quickly. Is by far the most popular variety for greenhouse forcing, making large, handsome heads in a very short time. Gardeners are always pleased with our seed. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 30c, lb. 90c. RUDOLPH'S FAVORITE.--A very attractive Cabbage Lettuce; large size, crisp and delicate in flavor and very desirable for summer use, as well as for forcing. Forms a fine, large, solid head; leaves of a beautiful yellow color. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 40c. MIGNONETTE.--A small bronze-green sort with heart of creamy white. It is handsome and of choice quality for family use. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 40c.

[image] RELISH LETTUCE.

MIXED VARIETIES.--Seed of about 20 early, medium and late sorts mixed togethor [together], thus giving lettuce for the table during the entire season, and giving an opportunity to examine all the leading varieties with but little expense. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 30c, lb. $1.00.

LEEK. Leeks are quite appetizing when sliced and served as a salad, or they can be cooked and served like onions. The plants are very hardy and the flavor improves with freezing. Sow seeds thinly in drills early in spring; thin out or transplant so as to stand six inches apart in the row. Keep well hoed and free from weeds during summer, and early in the fall draw earth up about the stems in the same manner as you would to blanch celery. LARGE ROUEN--Largest and most uniform of all. It so far surpasses other sorts that we consider it useless to list them. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 45c, lb. $1.35.

[image] LARGE ROUEN LEEK.

HAVE YOU TRIED ENDIVE, THE WINTER LETTUCE? YOU WILL LIKE IT.

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[image] EMERALD GEM MUSK MELON.

MUSK MELON. One ounce will plant about 80 hills; two pounds to the acre. The soil best adapted to the culture of melons is a warm, rich, sandy loam. Plant in hills five or six feet apart each way, ten or twelve seeds in a hill. When they begin to vine, thin out, leaving only four of the most thrifty. As melons are very sensitive to the cold, they should not be planted until the settled warm weather begins--in this latitude about the middle of May. Cultivation should commence as soon as the plants appear above the ground, and be kept up once a week until the vines interfere too much. You will be pleased with our melon seed. Crop very short short this year. EMERALD GEM.--This is undoubtedly the finest in flavor of all varieties of musk melon. It is also the earliest to ripen, and while too soft to stand shipping any great distance to market, it is unequaled for home use or nearby markets. Vines of strong, vigorous growth and very prolific. If fruits are gathered as soon as they ripen, the vines will continue in bearing throughout the season. The melons are rather small and flattened at both ends. The skin is a rich, deep emerald green, smooth and free from netting. The fruits are heavily ribbed, with narrow bands of lighter green between the ribs. Flesh very thick, with thin rind and small seed cavity, crystaline [crystalline] in appearance, and of a rich salmon color. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 50c, lb. $1.60. EUROPEAN MIXED.--See novelties. Pkt. 10c. GRAND RAPIDS.--The main characteristic of this melon is its extreme earliness; has been on the market two weeks earlier than any other sort and sold readily at $2.50 per dozen to hotels and fancy grocers, while melons grown in the south were practically unsaleable. The flesh is pure yellow clear to the rind; skin finely netted. To obtain the best results, and to show its remarkable earliness and productiveness, we would advise our customers to pinch off runners, thus throwing growth into fruit, making it of large size and earlier. Pkt. 5c, oz. 20c, 1/4 lb. 60c, lb. $2.00. BANQUET--The flesh is of a dark rich salmon color, uniformly thick and of that granulated character which always indicates a good melon. Of round shape, densely netted over its entire surface. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 50c, lb. $1.50. BAY VIEW.--One of the most prolific melons in cultivation. It has been grown to weigh from 15 to 20 lbs. and from 15 to 18 inches long. Hardy, vigorous and continues a long time in bearing. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 30c, lb. $1.00.

[image] NEW EARLY HACKENSACK MUSK MELON

CHAMPION MARKET.--A superb variety. Almost a perfect globe in shape, and densely netted, making it one of the handsomest cantaloupes known. Flesh is thick, light green color, and rich flavor. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 40c, lb. $1.20. BANANA.--Attains a length of from eighteen inches to three feet three inches, and is from two to four inches thick. Flesh very thick, of a salmon color. It looks almost like an overgrown banana, and smells like one, hence the name. Pkt. 5c, oz. 20c, 1/4 lb. 70c, lb. $2.00. PRINCESS or PERFECTION.--This splendid variety is nearly round, with heavy, netted, dark green skin; the flesh is of a rich salmon color, and in flavor it is sweet and luscious beyond description. They ripen early and grow to a good size, often weighing 8 to 10 lbs. each. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 45c, lb. $1.40. PERFECTED DELMONICO.--An improved type of the Delmonico melon. Almost a perfect globe in shape; the skin is a peculiar grayish green until ripe, when it changes to a bright yellow. The flesh is a deep, rich, orange yellow color, is of very fine grain, and uniformly high quality. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 55c, lb. $1.75.

[image] ROCKY FORD MUSK MELON.

IMPROVED EARLY HACKENSACK.--Large size, rich flavor; a great improvement on the Turk's Cap or Hackensack and ten days earlier. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 35c, lb. $1.20. ROCKY FORD.--This new variety, which might be described as an Improved Netted Gem, has everywhere been in great demand by the high class hotels and restaurants. Hundreds of carloads of them have been shipped from the little town of Rocky Ford, Colorado, to Chicago, St. Louis, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Newport, Boston and other cities, driving out the home grown. The melons are of just the right size for table use, slightly oval in shape. The flesh is thick, of a light green color and a fine, juicy, luscious flavor. It is very early, and is wonderfully productive. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 30c, lb. $1.00. McCOTTER'S PRIDE.--This variety is the result of long continued, skillful breeding and selection with the purpose of securing a very large melon of spherical shape, flesh of fine grain and high quality. The fruit is very large, nearly round, evenly and moderately ribbed, dark green in color, partially covered with gray netting. The orange red flesh is very thick, sweet and of fine flavor. Pkt. 5c, oz. 20c, 1/4 lb. 65c, lb. $2.00.

IMPROVED GREEN NUTMEG.--A greatly improved strain of the old Green Nutmeg. Fruit of a fair size, very rich, melting and of exquisite flavor, flesh light green. Very productive. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 50c, lb. $1.60. MONTREAL MARKET.--Of large size, flesh thick, fine flavor. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 50c, lb. $1.60. NETTED GEM.--A most excellent small melon and very popular with melon growers. It is finely netted and looks nicely on the market. Flesh green and particularly rich and juicy, so that it seems to melt in the mouth. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 30c, lb. $1.00. TIP TOP.--It is a yellow-fleshed melon of the very best quality, every melon produced, big or little, early or late in the season, is a good one. They are sweet, juicy, of finest flavor, eatable to the very rind. It is a strong grower and a heavy yielder, and of handsome appearance. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 55c, lb. $1.75. PAUL ROSE.--We have been greatly pleased with this new variety, and we consider it one of the finest sorts. It is the result of a cross of the Osage and Netted Gem, and it combines the sweetness and high flavor of the former with the fine netting and superior shipping qualities of the Netted Gem. It is of peculiarly sweet, rich, delicious flavor and a long keeper. If you are a gardener, plant it and catch top of market prices. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 35c, lb. $1.20. OSAGE.--One of the best melons on the market for family use and also greatly liked by gardeners. The skin is thin, of dark green color and slightly netted. The flesh is salmon color, remarkably sweet and spicy in flavor, extremely thick and delicious to the rind. The seed cavity is very small. It is seldom that one of poor quality is found. The whole crop is very even and extra heavy owing to the thickness of the meat. All lovers of fine melons should try the Osage. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 55c, lb. $1.75. MIXED MUSK MELONS.--All of the above and a few other kinds grown separately and the seed mixed together. Will produce melons throughout the entire melon season. Per pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 35c, lb. $1.20. May 20, 1902.--All the flower seeds purchased from you gave splendid results and the vegetable seeds produced almost perfect crops. The Atlas Pumpkin seed which I purchased from you produced very large pumpkins and people came from miles away to see them. We had a very unfavorable season and they weighed 100 pounds.--Mrs. M. Lawrence, New South Wales, Australia.

[image] OSAGE MUSK MELON.

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