'It's rather dark in the earth to-day,'

Said one little bulb to his brother; 'But I thought that I felt a sunbeam ray - We must strive and grow till we find the way!'

And they nestled close to each other. Then they struggled and toiled by day and by night Till two little Snowdrops, in green and white, Rose out of the darkness and into the light And softly kissed one another.

In the greenhouse have now been put the first pots of the lovely double Prunus with its delicate whiteness of driven snow; no plant forces better. I said this, or something like it, before. Never mind, with some plants it is worth while to repeat myself. In the country I do not now care to grow Indiarubber plants or Aspidistras, except to give away. They only remind me of towns, and take a good deal of room.

I have in the greenhouse several pots of a white Oxalis - I do not know its distinguishing name - with a long growth of its lovely fresh green leaves, which can be picked and mixed with delicate greenhouse flowers, as they last well in water. It has a white flower in spring, and the whole plant is very like an improved version of our Wood Sorrel, Oxalis acetosella. The more I look at my beautiful old 'Jacquin' Oxalis book, the more I feel how much interesting greenhouse cultivation is to be had out of growing several of the best Oxalises. Almost all are natives of the Cape of Good Hope, which means easy greenhouse cultivation, and winter or early spring flowering. I shall certainly try to increase my stock, though one very seldom sees any of them catalogued.

Tradescantias, that I used to grow in pots for London, I find equally useful here. The common green one is all but hardy, and flourishes outside by the greenhouse wall. This, picked and put into a flat glass, grows without roots in the water in the most graceful manner for weeks together. A few bits of flower stuck in - such as, for instance, the Sparmatia africana, which continues to flower better if constantly picked down to where the fresh buds are forming - and you have a lovely winter flower arrangement at once: grace of form in the growing leaves, contrast in the starry white flowers, colour in the brilliant yellow shot with red stamens. 'Munstead' flower-glasses, as designed by Miss Jekyll (very cheap, and all kinds of useful shapes), are still to be got at Green & Nephews, Queen Victoria Street, London, E.C.

The variegated gold-coloured Tradescantia and T. discolor are useful and pretty, and should never be allowed to die out or get shabby. They grow so easily at every joint that they are to greenhouses what certain weeds are to gardens.

Mr. Smee in his 'My Garden' recommends Forenia asiatica as a good stove plant. I have not yet got it, but mean to do so.