My home-coming was further welcomed by two new flowers in my garden which gave me great satisfaction, and which, if given the cultivation they require, do exceedingly well in our light sandy Surrey soil. One is a plant praised in gardening books and mentioned in catalogues, but which I have hardly ever seen growing in English gardens. I brought my first from Germany. There it grew in a rock garden in heavy, cold soil, facing north. This is conclusive evidence of its extreme hardiness. It is described in early and late editions of Mr. Robinson's 'English Flower Garden,' and figured in the second edition under the name of Phlox divaricata. The Germans add to this name canadensis. But in all the editions the colour is incorrectly described, as far as my flower is concerned, as 'lilac-purple,' which many amateur gardeners would decide with a shudder meant ' magenta.' In Nicholson's 'Dictionary of Gardening,' a most useful book, the colour is given as 'pale lilac or blueish.' This, though nearer the truth, gives no idea of its beauty. The corymb of flowers stands up from a bed of dark leaves on a stalk about a foot high. Its colour is a beautiful, real pale china-blue,more likethe blue of the half-hardy Cape

Plumbago capensis than of any other flower I know. When picked it has the great merit of lasting well in water. I attribute its rare appearance in gardens to two causes, one that it wants dividing -gently pulling apart and planting out in half-shade every year after flowering - and replanting in October in a sunny spot where it is to flower, and the second is that, if left alone, the leaves are eaten during the summer by some unfindable insect, after which it dwindles and is worthless as a garden flower. So far as I can ascertain, slugs are its great enemy, and they seem very partial to its leaves.

The other flower is also a favourite with me and a great horticultural success. We all agree that, as a rule, single flowers are prettier than double, but the Arabis alpina flore-pleno is a very pretty flower. In appearance it resembles a miniature white ten-weeks stock. It is easy of increase from cuttings in June, which should be replanted in the autumn in full sun. It flowers more or less all through the summer, and though it grows quicker and stronger, perhaps, in good soil, it flowers more freely in poor dry situations.

After waiting for years to find a sundial to my taste and suitable for the centre of my green-paths (see ' Pot-Pourri from a Surrey Garden'), I happened to hear that a man in Kensington sold balusters from the old Kew Bridge, built in 1783 and demolished in 1889. I purchased one of these on the top of which was placed the face of a sundial, and I have felt it to be an immense improvement to the garden at all times of year. It is sunk into a small, square, stone base, and in spring a few yellow crocuses grow among the grass at its feet. It speaks for itself, and no motto surrounds it.

Mr.GeorgeAlison published inthe ' Westminster Gazette'thischarming,andto me original, version of the least morbid feeling about a sundial anddark days:-

Serene he stands among the flowers, And only marks life's sunny hours. For him dark days do not exist - The brazen-faced old optimist!

I derive great pleasure atall times of year from a way of arranging flowers of my own invention which I call floating bouquets.I have the largest size of Green & Nephews' 'MunsteadGlass' bowl, theone withouta stand.This is filled with clear water to the very brim, on which various flowers are floated throughout the year. If in winter flowers are scarce, a bit of greenhouse fern or autumn leaf may be added, but it is of great importance not to cover the water all over; a corner should be left which reflects light as in a pond.The flower-fancier may exercise endless inventiveness in this kind of arrangement.Most people, I find, like it; others think it absolutelyugly;for manyplants itispractically useful, as they live thus in water, whereas, if cut with long stalks, they droop their heads immediately.This is the case with Christmas roses, and still more so with the later hellebores, which are such a joy about Easter time; their soft greens and velvety plumcolourslook lovely so arranged and picked short, the buds being left on the plant to come out later.These flowers, if picked in the ordinary way, even when the stalk-ends are split, fade immediately in water.The forced Niphetos and Mar6chal Niel roses look most satisfactory so arranged; indeed, all the tea roses and China roses on this dry soil are apt to hang their heads if the stalks only are in the water; floating, they rejoice in the cool water and show all their full beauty looking straight up at you.Bunches of blue Plumbago capensis do better so than in any other way,alsoP. rosea,theprettywinter-flowering hothouse species; it is the same with clematis, &c. Each flower-lover can find out endless new combinations, and which flowers flourish best on the bosom of the clear water.