Cereus Macrogenus

Under this name L'Horticulture Beige refers to a cactus which it compares to young flowers of the Victoria regia. It rarely flowers in European collections, but has recently favored M. Demoulin, of Mons, with its blossoms.

The Lorenz Gaillardia

The Gaillardia, or "Blanket flower," has produced a variety for Mr. Lorenz, of Erfurt, which has no ray florets, and the disc florets are so deeply cut and the lobes expanded that in a drawing the head looks like one of a Bouvardia.

Coelogyne Cristata

"G. C." asks: " Will some of the readers of the Monthly be so good as to give G. C. a few notes as to the culture of Coelogyne cristata and Dendrobium Cambridgc-anum?"

Winter Nelis Pear

This very fine old kind, which does not always succeed, seems always reliable at Rochester, where it is a favorite.

Tennessee Horticulture

Humboldt has organized a local horticultural society, - or rather a sort of market gardener's association for the encouragement of fruit and vegetable culture, - so the Rural World says. B. F. Transou is president, and J. E. Porter secretary.

Dried Apples

In England, apples are dried whole. They seem to be first pared, and then placed under some pressure, as they are always much depressed. They look very pretty in the confectionary stores. A kind named Norfolk Beating seems wholly used for the purpose. This kind is a wonderful keeper, and it seems of little use to dry a fruit that will keep a couple of years at any rate.

Dried Bananas

We have long done a good business in dried peaches. The West Indies have now turned to drying bananas. They are said to be likely to compete with dried figs.

Tomatoes In Winter

The excellent success of Mr. Paget, gardener to Senator Cameron, in forcing tomatoes in winter is finding imitators. In the vicinity of Boston last winter some growers were much encouraged.

Scale Insects

Various species of Scale are the chief pests of the California fruit grower. Whale oil soap, and also tobacco water," heated to 130°," is reputed the great remedy. In this part of the world pure water heated to that degree is just as effective. It is a popular application on hard foliage and branches by gardeners on greenhouse plants, - but we should suppose in a large orchard it would be troublesome to get so much warm water.

Rae Quince

This variety seems growing in favor. Though not so vigorous as the Anger's, the fruit is larger than the Orange quince.