Petition - J. H. C. says:-" The form of petition in the Gardener's Monthly, page 347, is well timed and should be copied extensively, and signed by thousands and in good time sent to Congress. If this be done we surely will have the desired change. Let all our horticulturists at-end to it in good time.

" Our request is so evidently right, that we will be almost certain to succeed."

[This did not reach us in time for our last. We trust the petitions will go in, if not already gone.

We believe at this moment of writing, as we have already said, that in this fight the Express companies will prove stronger than the people. We suppose the newspapers will be strong enough to have the law altered, as it affects printed matter; but seeds, plants and such things will remain-We shall be glad to find that we are mistaken, and trust no effort will be lacking to prove that we are wrong. - Ed. G. M.]

Keeping Large Lantanas - W. H. L., Brock-port, N. Y., asks: "Permit me to ask you or some of your readers, through the Monthly, how I may keep Lantanas through the winter without the aid of a greenhouse or conservatory. I have kept small ones in the sitting-room, but I have some fine large ones which I wish to keep over the winter for bedding out next spring."

[Though easily touched by frost, the Lantana can be kept well in a low temperature, and no doubt if the leaves are cut off, the plants could be kept in an ordinary cellar, as Pomegranates, Crape Myrtles, and other things are. - Ed. G. M.l

Browallia elata - M. This is one of the prettiest of all blue-flowered plants for "cutting " through winter. It is an annual, and flowers soon after sowing. It does not like high temperature; one about 50° to 60° suits it best. It likes a rather damp soil, but yet one in which the water passes rapidly away.

The Garden

This English weekly, now in its ninth year, has been a great success. The publisher is now emboldened to add a weekly colored plate, raising the price of the magazine one-fourth more than it was before.

The Practical Farmer

This well-known agricultural paper, which, for seventeen years was published by the late Paschall Morris, in Philadelphia, continues to prosper, and will hereafter be issued as a weekly.


A correspondent asks if we cannot give attention to this important branch of culture. We have done so - sometimes placing the matter under our " Fruit and Vegetable Garden," because it seemed a matter of profit - or as incidents, under some other department. But we will in future, give it a head of its own.

Reprinting The First Volume

E. S. W. Berlin, Mass., writes, "I wish you would reprint the first volume of Gardener's Monthly, and make it uniform size with the rest, (I have all) and I will take one copy."

[It would cost as much as an ordinary book of that size, and take at least a thousand subscriptions, and perhaps more of them at $2.10 to make expenses. - Ed. G. M.]