The Mississippi Valley Horticultural Society

The third annual meeting was held in Chicago on September 6th. The meeting being called when everybody is at home at local shows or fruit gathering, was not well attended. It was decided not to have the next meeting till January, when it will be held in New Orleans.

Rose Gigantesque

This is regarded in England as one of the best of the Tea Roses for winter flowering. It is rose-pink in color.

Cedar Of Lebanon In New England

Colonel M. P. Wilder has a Cedar of Lebanon on his grounds at Dorchester, near Boston, which is probably the only living specimen in New England.

Dwarf Tuberose Diamond

M. Jean Sisley says in the Revue Horticole, that this variety, which was withdrawn from the trade last year, as our readers will remember, in order to test its reported relationship with Pearl, is to be brought out in France the approaching season.

Callicarpa Purpurea

Again we may call our readers' attention to this dwarf shrub - quite unique in the autumn by its numerous violet berries. Besides, it is a pretty bush and the July flowers, though small, are attractive.

Cultivating Daffodils In China

Mr. Maries says in the Garden: " Narcissi are slit down the sides in three or four places, are grown in saucers of gravel and water, and I have never seen finer flowers. The Chinaman calls it the 'New Year Flower;' the more spikes on a single bulb the better his chance of success during the year, or, as he says, 'plenty flower, plenty pigen.'"

American Banner Rose

This is a striped rose, raised as a sport from another, and like all sports of this character is liable to become self-colored at times. This tendency to reversion is an objection ; but where it continues to maintain its character it is much prized. When in the bud it is very beautiful.

Improved Fox Gloves are among the latest of European floral popularities.

Dark-Leaved Mountain Ash

Mr. Charles Freundsays: "The oak-leaved Mountain Ash, which your correspondent, Mr. Robert Douglas, speaks of, is a seedling and originated with a then well-known nurseryman, Mr. P. H. Gump-per, of Stuttgart, Germany. It flowered first about 1854. Mr. Gumpper had it lithographed, flower and leaf, and published in several of the leading horticultural journals. About that time Mr. G. sent a number of young trees to the Messrs. Ellwanger & Barry, of Rochester, N. Y".

Hot-House Grapes

Graperies are becoming more common in the West than they were, notwithstanding the old-time fear that the improve-ment in the native grape would in time render the culture of the foreign under glass superfluous. At Adrian, Michigan, Mr. Sigler grows them very successfully; white Hamburg and Tokay doing very well with him.