One of those most pleasant echoes of my first book came to me to-day. I received a letter, addressed to the care of my publisher, from a lady who was so pleased with my commendation of her father's work ('The Botanic Garden,' by B. Maund) that she kindly asked to be allowed to send me, what I had long wished to have, the five volumes of his second book, 'The Botanist' - a gardening periodical which was published only for five years, as the coloured illustrations were too costly to be continued. The first number was issued in January 1825. It contains full-page illustrations of stove, greenhouse, and new hardy plants - new, that is, in 1825. I have had it bound, and it is a great addition to my collection of flower-books. The original drawings were chiefly made by Mrs. Withers, who was the first flower-painter of that day. The title-page bears the following inscription:

'The Botanist: containing Accurately Coloured Figures of Tender and Hardy Ornamental Plants, with Descriptions Scientific and Popular, intended to convey both Moral and Intellectual Gratification.' A quotation is added from Sir J. E. Smith: 'The World seems to have discovered that nothing about which Infinite Wisdom has deigned to employ itself can, properly speaking, be unworthy of any of its creatures, how lofty soever their pursuits and pretensions may be.' The flowers are beautifully drawn and delicately coloured, one on a page - not on the same principle as 'The Botanic Garden.' But it is as full as that is of interesting information, not the least perhaps being the derivation of the names of plants, some of which we use every day. For instance, 'Echeveria' is derived from M. Echever, a botanical painter.

Euphorbia splendens is an interesting and effective stove-plant. It is a native of Madagascar, and the name it bears in its own country is 'soongo-Soongo.' It is among the plants one need not fear to buy, as cuttings strike easily under a hand-glass. I mention it, as I bought it last year at a sale not knowing what it was. Oxalis bowiei I also have, and try to grow it out of doors in a very sheltered place. Like most of the finer Oxalises, it is a native of the Cape. I was not here, as I have said, in the summer this year; but when I returned, it looked very dried up and unsatisfactory. This is what William Herbert, the author of 'Amaryllidacea,' before mentioned, says of its cultivation: 'This most beautiful and florid plant is hardy' (where mine came from it had been out of doors for years) 'and in the open ground will flower in the autumn.' (I expect a bell-glass would greatly help this.) 'But it blossoms most profusely when kept in a pot under glass, especially if, after a short period of rest at midsummer, it is placed in a stove or warm greenhouse for a very short time to make it start freely. Its flowers expand in very moderate temperature. Like all the Oxalises, the flowers are very sensible to light, and only expand thoroughly when the strong clear sunshine falls upon them.' These early-going-to-sleep plants are rather trying, as they never took their best when one wants to show them off in the afternoon.

The stalks or canes of Michaelmas Daisies should be cut down carefully, trimmed, and dried, as they make excellent sticks for plants in pots or even out of doors, and are well worth saving.