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182 -may contain fossils, with rock plants growing amongst the stones, and falling in festoons over them. The Vignette only describes a bed for strawberries. Near the end of the bed a hint is given for training gooseberries, currants, &c. to a certain height, to bear their fruit out of the reach of children, and at a more convenient height for full grown persons. In the gar- dens of Holland, where such fruits are raised in great perfec- tion, every bush, as well as every espalier, is trained by hoops, -so as to assume the form of cups or basins, to admit the sun and air into the interior, and ripen the fruit. Such attention gives great neatness to a Garden, which ought always to appear trim and artificial. The mass of mankind may be so indifferent to the produc- tions of a Garden, that they hardly deserve to enjoy its choicest luxuries. There are many who would not know the difference betwixt a peach gathered and one that had fallen from the tree; or betwixt the strawberries plucked from the bed, or those brought from a fruit shop, and perhaps gathered with un- washed hands the day before. Of all the places which I have ever seen, where perfect atten- tion was given to the fruit, I was most struck with Woollaton, in the time of the late Lord Middleton: the grapes were always gathered with a portion of the stalk and leaves; and the bloom of the plums and other fruit was preserved. from the touch of fingers, by being cut from the trees, and dropped into the baskets in which they were brought to table. The gooseber- Ties and currant, as well as the grapes, were so trained, as to
183 admit branches, loaded with fruit and leaves, to be cat off, and fastened to stands, with iron or wooden hoops, or led in grace- ful festoons round the dessert, and intermixed with bouquets of sweet smelling flowers. This may truly be called enjoying the Luxury of a Garden. --