I am told some people have tried and approved of my suggestion of arranging greenhouse Chrysanthemums in groups of colour instead of dotting them about all mixed, one injuring the effect of the other. But I have not yet had the pleasure of seeing a large greenhouse so arranged, and I have not room for a great number myself. One of the very best is Abraham Lincoln, with its bushy habit, its grand bluish leaves, and its strong yellow flowers, which remain a good yellow at night. A charming small but most decorative Chrysanthemum is called'Mrs. Carter.' It is pale yellow, white at night, and its growth and appearance are just like those of a Sweet Sultan.
I saw the other day a little Geranium (Pelargonium), called 'New Life,' that was new to me; the petals were white and red mixed. Growing on the plant, it was not especially pretty; but picked and mixed with some light green it had quite an uncommon appearance. I thought on first seeing it that it was a double Bouvardia. 'Mrs. Leopold Bothschild' is a most beautiful pink Carnation.
Just now I have several pots in full flower of an orchid that never fails year after year, Lygopetalum mackayi. It does not require much heat, and lasts a long time both on the plant or in water. It throws up long flowering stems, has a most delicious perfume, is quiet in colour - yellowish-green and brownish-purple - and very refined in shape. I find it a most useful plant for the time of year, and we have many more pots than we had, so it is not very difficult to increase.
In the corner of the greenhouse there is a good group of Poinsettia pulcherrima. Some people say they do not like these rather curious plants. They are useless for putting into water, but I think they look very bright and cheerful on these dark days. They do best if grown every year from cuttings.