The other day I was going round the garden, giving away plants, when I came to a bed where there were several fine Echeverias. They had been planted out to grow naturally into better plants. I offered my friend some, but she said with a shudder: 'What! those artichoke-looking things? No, thank you' I think the dislike of these plants arises very likely from their having been used so much in those old-fashioned beds arranged in fancy designs as ugly and incongruous as the patterns on a Turkish smoking-cap.

These plants are not only kind friends that give little trouble, and can be grown in pots and allowed to assume their natural growth, but they are also exceedingly beautiful I have an Echeveria metallica crispa grown to a large plant in a pot. It has been perhaps retarded in its growth by dryness this summer, and is now throwing up a fine pink flower-spike. The whole tone of the plant is lovely to a degree, shot with pale purples, grays, and pinks, and as full of drawing as the cone of an Italian pine The thick stem is beautifully marked by the leaves as they have dried up and fallen away. The plant is altogether very picturesque in its quaint growth, and admirably adapted for a room or window-sill in late autumn, and reminds one of the corner of a Dutch picture. The Echeverias and Cotyledons are closely allied (natural order Crasstdaccce), and there are many varieties of these plants, all requiring much the same treatment - protection and very little watering in winter, but otherwise next to no care. They can be increased easily by cuttings at any time, starved and re-potted at will, which alters their flowering-time. They will grow in china pots, with only a few stones for drainage; or will hang out of Japanese vases, suspended by wires, containing hardly any earth. A large earthenware pan of the ordinary Echeveria glauca is a very pretty sight in summer, and does well in a north window. It can be planted with a little peat, charcoal, and a few stones.

I never knew till this year that Marvels of Peru can be kept, like Dahlias, free from frost and started the following spring, when they make much handsomer plants than if grown each year from seed. In gardens where you are pressed for room - and where is it that you are not? - it is an excellent plan to make a hole in the ground, put some straw at the bottom, and lay in Geraniums, Dahlias, Marvels of Peru, and many other half-hardy things, cover them with straw, and earth up just as you would potatoes or mangolds in a field.