E. L. Ames, Esq., at North Easton, Mass., has a large and select collection of Orchids, including many fine specimens recently purchased at South Amboy and Albany, and also the extensive and rare collection he purchased about a year ago of J. S. Rand, Jr. Just now he has a finely flowered plant of Phalaenopsis grandiflora aurea - a most excellent variety, with immense flowers; it is a recent purchase from Menand, at Albany.

Cypripedium Sedeni is still in flower. This is one of my greatest favorites, because it is always in blossom, and the flower-spikes are shorter than those of Roezli or the Lowei section, and they often fork off into two or more branches. Constitutionally it is robust and free growing, and one of its greatest merits is that we have not to " wait a lifetime " to see it bloom, as is the case with small plants of hirsutissimum, Stonei or Lowei.

At the Botanic Garden here, a specimen of Zygopetalum Mackayi, with sixteen flower-spikes, and five to eight, mostly six blooms, on a spike, is going out of bloom. Lycaste Skin-neri is coming into bloom; one plant with two of this year's bulbs is showing seventeen flowers.

The Calanthes are fine; we had them in a cool house to prolong their beauty, but as I noticed a little spotting near the tops of some of the Veitchii bulbs, I immediately removed them all to the warmest house, where I keep them quite dry.

Lselia anceps is very fine. Two 14-inch pans of Maxillaria picta have several hundreds of blooms apiece. This is not a fine Orchid, but its profusion is extreme.

Cypripedium purpuratum is blooming freely; the flowers have a bold and erect bearing, and are of a white and rich brownish purple color. The foliage, too, is handsomely variegated. Dendrobium chrysanthum, a pendulous Indian species, with beautiful yellow flowers, has now wreaths of blossoms.