It is extraordinary how vague are people's ideas about plants, bulbs, etc.; and it is not till one is asked questions that one realises how much most people have to learn. I was asked the other day by a friend, who had had a lot of Narcissus bulbs given her, if she might plant them in a Tea-rose bed! That is the last place where they ought to be put, as, if planted in too rich a soil, they all go to leaf and flower badly; and Roses are the better for being heavily mulched in the winter and spring.

Mr. Robert Sydenham, of Tenby Street, Birmingham, publishes a catalogue of bulbs, in which are the clearest possible instructions of how to cultivate them, both in pots and in the open, with an interesting account of his own first experiences. If these instructions are carefully followed, I do not believe the disappointing failures, so often seen when amateurs try to force bulbs, will occur.

He also makes it quite plain which are the bulbs that should be planted in poor places and left alone, and those which have to be taken up, dried, and re-planted. Tulips, at least in this soil, require much better feeding than any of the Narcissus tribe, and are certainly the better for taking up and drying after their leaves have thoroughly died down. I planted my Roman Hyacinths according to Mr. Sydenham's directions early in October, and the result was more satisfactory than I have ever had before, and they were in full flower by Christmas. It is a very pretty conceit to plant Hyacinths in shallow earthenware or china pans with jaddoo, cocoanut fibre or moss, and place small stones and charcoal at the bottom for the roots to cling to as they grow up. They must be kept very wet. Planted in this way they look much more decorative in the room than when grown in pots or glasses. Any fancy or ornamental vase can be used for the purpose, whether it is flat or not. Many kind hints have been given me by various correspondents about the growing of Hepaticas. One lady said that small beds with pieces of sandstone were a great help. Another writes as follows: 'I thought you might be glad of certain facts about Hepaticas that have come under my own observation. When a child I lived in Somersetshire, where the soil was heavy clay. The most beautiful show of Hepaticas I ever saw anywhere was a row in an old lady's garden close under a thick hedge of Laurestinus with a due north aspect. They were single-blue and double-pink. In the same village there was for many years a large clump of double-pink close under a cottage wall with a south-east aspect. That also flowered abundantly, so for double-pink at any rate shade is not essential, though I remember that the late James Backhouse told me many years ago that the Hepaticas did best and flowered earliest with a north aspect, as then they went to sleep sooner in the autumn. The wild ones in Swiss and French woods are always where they would be shaded in summer, and grow with the Primroses. I was also unsuccessful with Hepaticas for many years as long as I grew them on the flat, but when I at last tried them on the shady side of the rockery between the stones the blue ones have done well, the plants increasing in size year by year and flowering abundantly.' I found by my letters that a good many people thought when I did not mention some plants that I either had not got them, or did not care for them, or did not know them. The last was sometimes the case, but I have of course a great many things in the garden, grown in the usual way and doing well, which I did not mention.