A correspondent says: - "This has so far been one of the severest winters I have experienced since I came to the country. I do not know what you have had in the East, but here we had almost zero weather since November, and but two or three days of sunshine. This continual dull weather has had a telling effect upon the opening of flowers, it being difficult to get them to bloom with steam firing and no sunshine. The increasing demand for cut flowers and Smilax during winter in this section is notable. Within a year I should think it has increased about 50 per cent. Long may it continue, for a love for flowers does more in fostering a love for home, and training the better part of our nature, than plenty of the so-called moral institutions."