In this place I might say what 1 should have said sooner, a few words about shading. I believe Mr. W. K. Harris tried French plate glass, and with clear glass the sun did not burn the palms. We are not likely to adopt that quality of glass, as it is too expensive. Ordinary window glass is all we can afford at present. Our double thick glass which is commonly used will burn our palms and some shade is necessary. I should really think that with those firms which make a specialty of palms by the tens of thousands that some portable or adjustable shading could be used; perhaps it is by some. We all know the great advantages of it. But if it can't be used then be careful and don't put on too heavy a coat of paint early in the season. A very thin coat of naphtha and white lead will do, and thicker can be added in May.
I often think we are very careless about leaving our summer shade on till late in the fall. If storms have not washed it off you will see frequently the glass very opaque till early November. Now, did you ever think how the first of November corresponded for strength of sun with the spring days? The sun on November 1 would be the same as it would February 10. Who would think of shading on the latter date? And then again the plants are better prepared to endure the sun's rays in autumn than in spring. So early in September brush or scrub off part of your shading, and by end of the month have it all off, particularly over your palms, and I can't think of anything that then -needs shade unless it be orchids in bloom or your cutting bed.