At this time of year the conservatory should be able to compensate for the increasing dulness out of doors.

Chrysanthemums, begonias, camellias, crinums, gladioli, mesembryanthemum conspicuum, and salvias should be in full bloom; also cinerarias and cyclamens, Scarborough lilies, tuberoses, abutilons, Chinese primulas, pelargoniums, epiphyllums, and such orchids as Odontoglossum crispum and Oncidium Forbesii.

Gridiron or palmate   trained gooseberry Copyright Veitch

Gridiron or palmate - trained gooseberry Copyright Veitch

One or two uncommon plants for the conservatory, distinguished by pink flowers, are the following: Luculia gratissima, Bredia hirsute, and Centropogon Lucyanus. The last is a hybrid of French origin, and is very pretty for hanging baskets. Daphne odora Mazelii is also uncommon and attractive.

Much more frequent use might be made of permanent climbers in conservatory decoration. Such plants include Hoya, Clerodendron, Thun-bergia, Solanum, Bougainvillea, Bignonia, Aristo-lochia, and Habrothamnus Newellii. The hand-some seed-vessels of the Cup-and-saucer plant (Cobcoea scandens) are highly decorative in autumn and winter.

Watering should now be done in the morning, and sparingly in dull weather. If mildew appears, dust at once with flower of sulphur.