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I have several plants of the Primula flowering freely in the beds, and a very pretty object it is; but as one or two plants have no blooms at all upon them, the former may be an accidental thing. If, however, it should prove that it is its habit to flower at this late season, it will prove a valuable addition to our border-plants, for it has a bright, cheerful appearance, particularly in the sunshine. Its blossoms are also very pretty when mixed with Violets and Primula sinensis in shallow vases.
Plumbago Larpentae, which so many of us have thrown away, is now, I hear, in course of restoration to many gardens, in consequence of its having proved valuable for many purposes. Its charming blue colour, so much wanted in our flower-borders and beds, and upon rock-work, makes it very desirable to try it under every circumstance, and particularly as it has proved quite hardy in several instances which have come to my knowledge.
It would be well, if by some arrangement, a correct judgment could be formed of the real character of new plants like this Plumbago. The manner in which it was spoken of in more than one publication, led every one to form very exaggerated notions of its beauty, and proportionate disappointment was the consequence.
[We have one or two plants of Primula Altaica in bloom, and some without a blossom. Beside the former, a Polyanthus is in flower, and that is, of course, quite out of season. We think, however, that the former is a pretty thing; and though many people speak of it as very common, we have not met with it except when received from Mr. Turner's stock. It is, however, a plant that received more praise than it deserved before it was sent out, and that excess of praise has injured it in public estimation. We recommend our readers to obtain it; they will find it a very nice addition to their greenhouse flowers at this time. Mr. Turner did wisely to send it out, as he did, at a very moderate price. - Editor.]