Scotch pines are fast failing here; the trunk is bored severely, and often large trees turn yellow and die without any sign of disease. As they so seldom make handsome trees when large, had we not better discontinue planting them?

The Hydrangea p. grandiflora is so much more showy and profuse bearer of large trusses, that we wish no other. The H. paniculata is the strongest grower, but the flowers are comparatively insignificant.

There seems to be in some catalogues much confusion about Poplars. One calls the cotton-wood "monilifera," another "angulata." We have had the black Italian Poplar, and the white Italian, the Carolina Poplar, and the angustifolia, and the varieties are rather mixed up.

[The kind under culture known as angulata has a rough bark at four years old. The one called monilifera has a smooth bark far on towards old age. - Ed].

We have a plant Desmodium pendula that blooms in September, which is very pretty, and bears a profusion of blooms when flowers are rare, and consider it worthy of attention.

Magnolia trees of the Chinese varieties live much better, we find, if they are worked on the M. tripetela, affording so many more fine roots, which the acuminata, unless often transplanted, are very deficient in.