Tea Plants At Washington

The Fruit-ist and Florist says: Tea-plant bushes may be seen at the Agricultural Grounds also, which survive the winter almost like privet. We saw bushels of the tea-seed or nut there, grown and ripened in Georgia and South Carolina, a fact to be remembered. Mr. Wm. Saunders, the Superintendent, has full faith in tea growing in the southern portions of this country.

Utilizing The Pine Tree

T. C, 3221 Chestnut St., Phila., says: - "Can you tell me through the Gardener's Monthly, whether you have notice of any work on the special culture and mode of utilizing the Pine tree?"

[We do not know of any special work on this subject. - Ed. G. M].

Endurance Of Seeds Of Tender Things

Nothing is more interesting in botanical gardening than the fact that some plants, which will be destroyed by the first white frost, will resist extreme degrees of cold. T. D. R., Philadelphia, contributes the following in relation to this: This Spring the following plants came up from self-sown seed exposed all winter. I do not know whether this is unusual, but you cannot expect to get wheat without chaff: Castor Oil, Balloon Vine, Four O'clock".

Abnormal Growth Of A Potato

H. C. Y., 3502 Spring Garden street, Philadelphia, sends us an old Potato with a new one grrowing in the middle of it from"a number of similar instances in his cellar." Though rare, it is occasionally seen. The"sprout" of the potato has simply taken a turn in towards the center, instead of out and away as is usual. On cutting this open the thread connecting the young tuber with the outside was very well shown.

Mr. J. H. Mcafee

Formerly Professor of Horticulture in the Iowa Agricultural College, died at Columbus, Nevada, on the 17th of March, in his forty-fourth year. He was particularly identified with the progress of timber culture in our country.

Our Native Flowers

It is pleasant to see so much attention being given to hardy herbaceous plants. We have before us a list wholly devoted to the native varieties, by Mr. E. Wheeler, of Boston, Mass. We believe the time will come when mere bedding plants will not be all that the flower garden comes to.

Georgia State Horticultural Society

Proceedings at a second session held at Macon, August, 1876. This is entirely devoted to fruits, but gives a great deal of information about them, which we think was little known to anybody. The new society seems in a prosperous condition.