I have not much increased my little collection of orchids, though I have propagated those I had. At this time of year the cypripediums are invaluable. Stuck into a small Japanese wedge with a few red leaves of the azalea, they form a perfect autumn bouquet, and when all Nature is fading away their persistency and unfadingness have a peculiar charm. I can add to my list Lycaste gigantea: it is in full flower now, and is very ornamental in its pot with three long ribbed leaves gracefully curved, and at their foot a bunch of seven or eight unusually shaped pale yellow green flowers. This forms a naturally growing Japanese combination. I repeat what I said before, everybody who has a small stove ought to insist on growing a certain number of these easier orchids.