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1. My God! my Father!-cheering name!
O may I call thee mine!
And bid my sorrows fly;
soul Beneath my Father's eye?
III. Whate'er thy providence denies
I calmly would resign; For thou art just, and good, and wise:
O bend my will to thine!
Whate'er thy sov'reign will ordains,
O give me strength to bear;
And life almost depart:
To my weak erring sight;
Above expression dear!
I bid adieu to fear.
HYMN. The following beautiful Hymn is probably known to many of our readers ; we are glad to have the opportunity of making it known to more.
The daisies and cowslips appear;
The herbage that springs from the sod,
The only insensible prove ?
Forbid it, Devotion and Love.
The Lord who such wonders could raise,
And still can destroy with a nod,
My soul shall be wrapt in my God.
The Cottager's Garden Directory for August. Sow turnips. The last crop should be sown before the middle of this month. It will not run to seed so quickly as the one which was sown in July. In the last week, sow hardy-green and tennis-ball lettuce. The strongest plants, raised from this sowing, should be transplanted into a warm border, where they will survive the winter, and be ready for use early in the spring. Sow, for winter use, the white and the purple Spanish radish. Sow parsley in drills along the edges of the beds. If the curled-leaved variety only be sown, there will not be any danger of gathering the poisonous plant called fool's parsley, by mistake. About the 4th, sow, for coleworts, the York, the sugar-loaf, or the Battersea cabbage. In a warın dry situation, sow prickly spinach, broadcast, and tread-in the seed. About the 7th, sow onions for spring use, and for bulbing in June : the seed should be sown thickly, and the beds should be kept free from weeds. The tops of the young onions will die in January; but, if the bulbs are not destroyed by frosts, they will shoot in February and March. It is advisable to sow, upon a separate bed, a little Welch onion seed, as this kind, though not profitable, is hardy. Sow, in the first week, a little carrot-seed for use in spring; and, in the last week, endive, corn-sallad, and American cress. Gather and dry sweet herbs, and store up fruits for winter. Destroy strawberry runners, reserving a few for fresh plantations. Transplant broccoli for heading, and water it well. Train the summer shoots of fruit trees. In the last week, begin to remove evergreens, and water them after being transplanted. Loosen the bandages of the advanced grafts, and destroy suckers and stem-shoots. Trim the flowering shoots of lavender, rosemary, and other aromatic shrubs, that they may produce young shoots before winter. Plant cuttings of laurel, privet, box, and honeysuckles. Gooseberry and currant cuttings, if planted now, and well-watered, will strike root before winter. However luxuriant the suckers from gooseberry trees may be, always destroy them; as the fruit which they would, if left, produce, would be small in size, and not abundant in quantity.
OBSERVATIONS. Sage.--In gathering sage, cut off the young shoots; but not too closely. Prune the plants into regular heads. Cut off all decayed flower-s
Holly. - A correspondent to the Cottager's Monthly Visitor, transmitted some remarks on the
raising of holly hedges, in which the great length of time that the berries lay in the earth before they vegetate, was mentioned. In Miller's Gardener's Dictionary, is the following passage :-“The manner of raising the common holly, is by sowing the berries, which, if sown as soon as ripe, will lie two years in the ground, that is, until spring twelvemonth after; you may, therefore, mix the berries with dry sand, and put them in a large garden pot, burying it in the ground till the next August or September," when they must be taken out, and sown on a bed of common earth. In many nurseries, however, it is the custom to bury the berries without mixing them with sand, or protecting them by a garden pot.
Plaster for Trees.-The following composition was invented by Mr. Forsyth, to whom a reward of 30001. was voted by Parliament for his discovery. Any composition which will as effectually exclude the air, will ariswer the same purpose; however, as it is applied with greater ease and rapidity than most plasters, it may, at the proper season, be found useful.
Cow's dung sixteen parts, lime rubbish eight, wood ashes eight, river sand one. The three latter to be beaten to powder together, and afterwards well stirred up with the first. If lime rubbish cannot easily be procured, chalk, or lime, that has been slaked a month beforehand, may be substituted. The compound must be kept covered with soapsuds. When used for covering wounds in trees, it is to be reduced to the consistency of thick paint with soap-suds, and is to be applied with a brush, afterwards dredging over it a mixture of equal parts of wood ashes and burnt bones; or, in case of danger from rain, equal parts of wood ashes and calcined gypsum, pressing it gently with the hand, till the whole presents one smooth and tolerably dry surface. Before it is applied, all dead wood and cankered bark must be pared away to the quick.
This composition may be used instead of clay in grafting. When a large limb of a tree has been cut off, or when decayed wood has been removed, the wounded surface should be covered with the plaster. Forest trees may be pruned in autumn or winter; but the best season for pruning, in general, is immediately before the sap rises in spring. If a branch is to be removed, it should be cut off close to the trunk; but if a part of it only is to be removed, the section should be made immediately above a small branch, or a vigorous bud.
E. W. B.
Mr. M‘Donald, gardener to the Duke of Buccleugh, has communicated to the Caledonian Hor. ticultural Society, an important improvement in the culture of Onions. As soon as the plants in his seed bed attain a proper size for moving, he chooses a moist day, takes up the plants, and after plunging them in a puddle, composed of three parts earth, and one part soot, (according to your direction, Vol. I. p. 288.) transplants them, (by drilling,) about four inches asunder in rows, and afterwards carefully hoes them when required. This answers with any kind of onion; and the root, so managed, equals in size the best Spanish onion; heavier for its bulk, firmer, and more pungent.
It is not generally known, that the white Spanish, and other onions, will stand the winter in this country; and if sown, from the 20th of August, to the 5th of September, the crop is much more certain than onions sown in spring. The produce is also generally finer, beside furnishing early, young onions for sallads. The ground should be very