Habranthus

The Garden calls attention to these as among the most beautiful of Spring flowering bulbs. H. pratensis especially. They are from Chili.

Wall Flower

F. H., New Bedford, Mass. The plant you send is the common European Wall Flower. It is scarcely hardy in this country, and is therefore neglected; but it is an admirable plant for window or greenhouse culture, and we are glad that our correspondent has given us the chance to say this good word for it.

The Cook Apple

California having distinguished herself in seedling pears, has turned to the apple, and the "Cook" is at least one which is likely to mantain its value. It was raised by David Cook, of Sonoma, and is said to be just the thing for long keeping in the California climate.

Peach And The Plum

It is said that the practice of grafting the peach on the plum, is coming into increased favor in the South.

Peach Yellows In Canada

The Canadian Horticulturist says that the peach yellows has made its appearance in one or two orchards about Grimsby, Canada.

The Spotted Clover

This is the Medicago maculata, and is said to be popular in the South for pasturing, as it keeps green during the winter, when the Bermuda grass, Cynodon Dactylon, is dormant.

Kieffer's Hybrid Japan Pear

This admirable fruit, which attracted such marked attention at the great Centennial Exhibition, we note is being propagated by Mr. Wm. Parry.

The Telephone Pea

This new English variety, is said to yield under ordinary garden culture, thirteen large peas to one pod.

Round Rooted Chinese Yam

This variety is an improvement on the old sort, as far as shape is concerned, it produces round roots near the surface of the soil, but the yield is very small, and for the present it can only be considered as an amateur plant, which cannot be recommended for general cultivation, until by improvement, more prolific varieties will have been obtained. Vilmorin, Andrieux & Co., of Paris, have introduced it to notice.

Disease In The Norway Spruce

The Journal of Forestry, tells us that an "able" paper was read before the Scottish Arboricultural Society, by C. S. France, of Penicnik, but the editor concludes his notice of the paper by remarking that the only thing known about it, is that "the disease has long been known," and that "a knowledge of the cause or predisposing causes, and the best means for its prevention," is still desirable.

Measuring Trees

At a recent meeting of the Scottish Arboricultural Society, Mr. Gorrie, made the good point that in "his opinion too much importance was attached to measuring the girths of older remarkable trees, whilst the measurement of young and growing trees, by which more really useful arboricultural knowledge could be obtained, was neglected".