Returned home to-day. It is incredible the difference a little warm rain makes. The whole garden looks so changed from when I went away four or five days ago!

I have in the entrance drive a large Balsam-bearing Poplar - or Tacamahac tree, as I believe it to be correctly called. Mr. Loudon in his 'Arboretum' describes it exactly. Every garden of a certain size would be the better for having one of these trees, because of the exquisite smell of the long catkins produced in April. If one passes near the tree in showery weather, the air reminds one of a greenhouse filled with Cape Jessamine or Gardenia. The scent does not last very long, but while it does I know nothing sweeter.