Those who are in the habit of attending floricultural exhibitions, and choosing for themselves, will hardly thank us for the following lists of flowers, which they may have seen over and over again; but there are others living in obscure corners of our island, whose love of floriculture is equally ardent with that of our metropolitan florists, to whom a list of Carnations and Picotees, which would give about half-a-dozen of the most strikingly distinct first-rate varieties in each of the several classes of Scarlet Bizarre, Purple or Crimson Bizarre, Scarlet Flake, Purple Flake, Rose or Salmon Flake; Red Picotee, Purple Picotee, and Rose or Salmon Picotee, Would be of great advantage, and for such the following lists have been prepared. Such growers seldom have an opportunity of making a selection from plants in bloom, and the usual catalogues afford little or no assistance to the amateur, whose object is, to combine well-contrasted variety with excellence. The distinctive character is in many sorts so very minute, that such varieties are frequently rather cumberers of the ground than acquisitions in a private collection.

Carnations. Scarlet Bizarres

Brutus (Collcutt's). Admiral Curzon (Easom's). Grand Master (Holliday's). Lord Rancliffe (Holliday's). Omnium Primus (Kay's). Splendid (Martin's).

Carnations And Picotees #1

The soil intended for blooming these plants in should be frequently turned, and exposed to all weather, excepting heavy rains or snow. The blooming-pots, if not already done, should be washed; and every thing that can be prepared for next season should now be attended to, such as repairing and painting glasses, shades, etc. Give all the air possible to the plants, and keep them clean and moderately dry, as before directed in Vol. I. C. Turner.

Chalvey, Slough.

Carnations And Picotees #2

A summary of the several times certain varieties of Carnations and Picotees were displayed in the leading collections at the Horticultural, Botanic, South London, and Slough exhibitions in 1848, and reported in The Florist, Vol. I. It is compiled from fifteen stands of Carnations, each 12 blooms, and five stands of 24 blooms each, exhibited by amateurs and dealers; - Picotees: six stands of 24 blooms each, and fifteen of 12 blooms (amateurs and dealers).

Carnations And Picotees #3

Let these plants be entirely open on every favourable occasion: we allow them at this time to receive a little soft rain, taking care they do not get too much; as the time is so near at hand that they will be exposed to ail weathers, the more hardy and exposed they are grown, in reason, the better. Keep the mould and pots dry, in readiness for potting; also trim the plants of any decayed foliage.

Nursery, Slough. C. Turner.

Carnations And Picotees #4

If the weather is open, commence re-potting for bloom immediately. The mould and pots having been kept dry, as before recommended, this important part will be done with much less trouble, and will give the plants a better chance. Begin with those that are strong and healthy. The weakly kinds should be deferred. If possible, shelter them from bad weather, should it set in after the re-potting. Attend daily to watering as long as they are in small pots.

Nursery, Slough. C. Turner.

Carnations And Picotees #5

Carnations And Picotees, whether in pots or the open ground, ought to be in their blooming quarters; if any are in small pots, shift them immediately into larger ones. The size of the bloom mainly depends on the plants taking good hold of the soil before they spindle for bloom. Sparrows are very troublesome at this season, and will, in a very short time, spoil many plants: they devour the heart of the plant, if not well looked after. So fond of them are they here, that a boy is kept expressly to scare them away, the usual remedies being unavailing. If the plants are put out in an exposed situation, the tall-growing kinds, such as Flora's Garland, R. F., should be secured with small sticks. Sow seed in gentle heat; let the soil be fine; and water sparingly when the plants are first appearing.

Royal Nursery, Slough. C. Turner.

Carnations And Picotees #6

Carnations And Picotees should be tied up neatly to proper sticks that will support the bloom. It will be inconvenient to fumigate them now, when they are in large pots; clean the plants of any green-fly that may appear on them, therefore, with a small brush. As the old foliage decays, cut it off; this is as necessary for the health of the plant, as it is for its neat appearance. If we happen to have much rain, raise the pots from the ground on strips of wood.

Royal Nursery, Slough. C. Turner.

Carnations And Picotees #7

Keep them securely tied, as they progress; it will now be time to top-dress the pots or beds with a mixture consisting of equal parts of very rotten manure and loamy soil. Green-fly should be carefully brushed from the points of the shoots as often as it appears; the old foliage, as it decays, should be cut off; and stop all shoots throwing blooms beside the leading shoots. The number of buds to be left on the blooming-stalk depends on the variety, whether a full flower or a thin one, and the purposes for which the blooms are wanted; - if for exhibition, they must be of good size, and the plants should be disbudded accordingly. The circular cards advertised by Mr. Meek in last Number are the best we have seen for blooming them on. Royal Nursery, Slough. C. Turner.

Carnations And Picotees #8

These flowers will now absorb the attention of the florist. The stock here promises a fine bloom, the buds of which are fast swelling. The bloom generally will be late this season. We should say from the 20th to the 30th of this month would be the best time for an exhibition of these flowers to take place. Weak liquid manure may be used occasionally, if a dry time. Protect the forward buds (as soon as they shew colour) with small glasses.

Royal Nursery, Slough. C. Turner.