A tall greenhouse grass called Cyperus laxus I find easy to grow. It is very pretty picked in winter and stuck into a bottle behind some short pieces of bright-coloured flowers. It looks refined, and if against or near white paint or a white wall its shadows are pretty, thrown by the lamp through the long evenings. A greenhouse evergreen called Rhododendron jasminiflorum is worth all trouble. It is in bloom now, sweet and graceful and not at all common. All these half-hardy hard-wooded plants I find rather difficult to keep in health, but I am going to pay much more attention to their summer treatment. They want to go out for a month or two; but, to prevent their getting dry, they must be either sunk in cocoanut fibre, or surrounded by moss, or covered with straw. If sunk in the earth, worms are apt to get in. I think they are best replaced towards the middle of August into the cool house, where they can be watched. Sinking the small pot into a larger with some moss between is the best help of all. There is no fun in growing only the things everyone can grow, and nothing vexes me like seeing a plant which came quite healthy from a nurseryman, and in a year not only has not grown, but looks less well than when it first came.

The Choisya ternata cut back in May is flowering splendidly. I wish I had room for eight pots of them instead of only two. There are several pots with Epiphyllum truncation in full flower. The flowers are very pretty when seen close, and look well gathered and put into small glasses; but the colour is a little metallic and magentary. Most greenhouses have them, but few people manage to flower them well.

Ficus repens is a little, graceful, easily cultivated greenhouse climber, which hangs prettily in baskets or creeps along stones in a greenhouse border.

Every year we grow various Eucalyptuses from seed - some for putting out, and some for retaining in pots - especially the very sweet Eucalyptus citriodora, which is in the greenhouse now and is a great help, as it looks flourishing; while the sweet Verbenas will have their winter rest, as they are deciduous, whatever one does - at least, so far as I have been able to manage up to now. But I am not sure that autumn cuttings, grown on in heat, might not remain growing at any rate for part of the winter. Life is always rather unbearable to my luxury-loving nature without Lemon-scented Verbena, and I miss it so in the finger-bowls at dinner, partly because those few leaves supply what one wants without much trouble. But a little bunch of Violets carefully arranged, and one Sweet Geranium leaf, especially the Prince of Orange, make a combination that pleases everyone, and they are always at hand at this time of year.