This is the first year I have forced Spirĉa confusa, and it makes a lovely pot-plant. We left it out in the cold till the middle of January. In forcing all hardy things, that is the great secret: send them to sleep as early as you can by taking them up and exposing them to cold. All plants must have their rest; they are not like Baron Humboldt and his night of two hours. The leaves of this Spiraea are a blue-gray, and the branches are wreathed with miniature 'May blossoms.' Alas! they do not do well picked and in water.

I am sure, for anyone who wants to force coloured Hyacinths, only the very best bulbs are worth while, especially when single flowers are preferred, as in my case. They are so sweet in the house that I think they are worth the trouble of growing and the expense of buying annually. I got last autumn a larger and later flowering kind of white Hyacinth from Van Tubergen, called 'Italian Hyacinths,' single ones and quite cheap. They have come on splendidly. They are something like the early Roman ones, only far larger and stronger. They flower much later and are of an accentuated white, well worth growing, and I think they will do out of doors next year or the year after. Two newly bought Staphylea colchica are looking lovely now in the greenhouse, and also a bought plant of white Lilac is covered with bloom. We must cut them all back hard after flowering, plant them out, and give them a year's rest; then I hope they will do again. Libonia floribunda is also a very pretty little greenhouse plant at this time of year. This is the time to pot up some rested plants of Sweet Verbena, and put them into the warmest house to start their growth. They soon come into leaf, and are then best in the ordinary cool house. This gives plenty of Verbena for early picking.