"Maryland" asks: "Are there varieties of the raspberry that are exclusively staminate or pistillate? If not, why should the bushes, from one of which I enclose a twig, always fail to perfect fruit?"

[The pistils are very often defective in the raspberry. Perhaps the stamens sometimes are, but if so this has not been noticed. We are glad that our correspondent has called attention to this, as it is often overlooked in the characteristics of a good raspberry. One that has always its flowers perfect is to be preferred to one with a tendency to unisexuality. - Ed. G. M].