There are few things that bear the heat of a room as well as ivy. In Germany there is a very pretty use made of it; thus, a box to fit the window-sill is prepared by a slight drainage, and filled with suitable earth. In this are planted many roots of ivy, and as it grows it is trained to suitable interwoven frames, and kept neatly trimmed; there results a curtain of green which completely excludes sight from the outside, and the room is but slightly darkened. Try it. Again, a similar box of ivy roots may be placed against a parlor wall, and supported by wire netting, etc. Its effects are greatly preferable to hangings or wall paper. The drainage may be effected by placing a cup or saucer under the box with a hole in it, the box being slightly elevated. There are other plants that will answer, but none so pretty and effective as the ivies. In this connection a little work published by the Longmans, of London, is worthy of notice. It is entitled "Town and Window Gardening," by Mrs.

Bucton, whose object is to render home attractive. The taste of many a young person would be raised by its perusal.

The number of existing plants is placed at a minimum of 250,000 species.

A bee hive has been invented in which the bees are compelled to build their combs straight and uniform.