In common with most garden plants, the Sweet Violet has responded very liberally to man's desire for variety. Under cultivation the modest little flower has given forth variation after variation, and cultivators appear to have selected their sorts for two qualities, colour and size. The number of shades has been materially increased, for whilst some varieties are of the deepest purple conceivable, others are quite of a Violet tint, some are blue and others white, and one or two approach to a shade of pink. In size, the development has been so considerable that there is now what is termed the "Pansy" strain, embracing such varieties as California, Princess Beatrice, and Princess of Wales. The flowers of the two latter varieties, more especially, are like small flowered Pansies, and their attrac tiveness suffers somewhat in the fact that the characteristic and pleasing form of the wild Violet has become modified in these large blooms. Nevertheless, they are first in the public estimation, and their market value is unquestioned; many of the new sorts have been introduced from the Continent, and others from America, whilst few have originated in our own country.