It is a wonder more amateurs do not interest themselves in raising new varieties of flowers. It gives as much pleasure as any branch of gardening. A Clinton, New York, correspondent writes enthusiastically of his work in this line:

"I have found a very finely variegated-leaved silver poplar. Hope to propagate it. Have on hand some 300 seedling geraniums from finest doubles to singles. Many have blossomed, and are promising to make a valuable lot."

It is so easy a matter to take the pollen from one kind to the pistil of another kind, and the result new varieties, with possibly one that may make the raiser famous, that it is worth all the labor to try.