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A gay assemblage of flowering plants was brought together on this occasion; and among them a noble specimen of Dendrobium specio-sum claims especial notice. It had upwards of thirty-four spikes of flowers on it, all in admirable perfection, each spike measuring more than a foot in length. Flowered in this way, this is one of the finest of Dendrobes, and it richly merited the large silver medal which was awarded it. It was shewn by Mr. Duncan, gardener to the Rev. C. F. Chawner of Bletchingley. A large table was covered with Orchids and Cinerarias from Worton Cottage. Among the former were Cyrtochilum maculatum, four finely flowered species of Onci-dium, Ccelogyne flaccida, a beautiful little Orchid, and a nice plant of the curious and interesting C. cristata was the admiration of every body. A Knightian medal was awarded for these, and a certificate of merit for the Cinerarias, which consisted of well-flowered plants of Cerito, Nymph, Maid of Artois, Bessy, Gem, and Adela Villers. Mr. Turner exhibited a prettily-blossomed plant of his purple-flowered Primula altaica, a hardy species, but also very suitable for enlivening our comparatively flowerless greenhouses in early spring.
Messrs. Veitch sent a little imported sweet-scented Dendrobe, with creamy flowers and a buff lip; and Mr. Kenrick a young plant of the beautiful Calanthe vestita. An Azalea called Howardii came from Mr. Frost; and Mr. Henderson of the Wellington Road had Mirbelia floribunda, a violet-purple species of much promise, two Bigonias, and a new Pemelia with white flowers, something after the way of Spectabilis. Mr. Ingram produced a hardy blue-flowered Californian Ceanothus, called dentatus; but it was not sufficiently in bloom to enable us to speak of its merits with confidence. If we may judge from the few flowers that were out, however, it promises to be rather ornamental. Various plants were furnished by the Society's garden, and among them was a little delicate purple Portuguese annual, named Cochlearia acaulis. If sown on an American border in autumn, this will flower all winter; and lifted in patches, and placed in a saucer of water, it is very ornamental in our sitting-rooms for a long time in early spring. Some specimens'of garden-labels were exhibited by Mr. Kestell of Dropmore, which we may take occasion to notice hereafter.
In the meantime we may state, that they appeared to be an improvement on what has hitherto been produced at these meetings.