This brilliant and most charming genus is now rapidly developing its floral beauties; to heighten the effect, and add to the graceful tout ensemble, arrange and support all straggling growths in as neat and inconspicuous a manner as possible, so that the flowering shoots shall be regularly disposed over the whole plant, or as nearly so as circumstances will permit. To fully display the grace and elegance of this flower, prolong the bloom, and prevent its getting bruised, care should be taken in tying out, to cause each particular flower to hang suspended independently of its neighbour: a little practice will soon effect this. I am of opinion that those species and varieties that flower from the axils of the leaves are much to be preferred to those that bloom in racemes. Mr. Veitch's new species Spectabilis is of the former class; with this difference, that each flower is supported by, and rests along, the mid-rib of the leaf from whence it springs, thus exposing in great perfection the interior of the sepals, corolla, and a pistil of novel but beautiful construction.

By the acquisition of this species, a new field for the hybridist is thrown open, being of excellent habit; in size, quality, and colour of flower unapproachable; foliage large, fleshy, and bright; and of rapid and vigorous growth: these are properties that every hybridist covets, and it will, I doubt not, originate a new and beautiful race of seedlings. The only difficulty will be to overcome its extreme vigour; for whether it be made the male or female parent, I fear the progeny will, for one or two generations, prove Spectabilis, and nothing else. I experienced an exemplification last year of such a probable result, by crossing a seedling of my own with Serratifolia (also a most robust grower), which turned out not at all different from the male parent, - in fact, every seedling was a Serratifolia. I have seen a seedling raised from Exoniensis crossed with Serratifolia partaking in a slight degree of the mother plant, and proving that a possibility exists of obtaining the joint properties; but it will no doubt take three or four years fully to develop all those beauties we hope ultimately to see realised.

These difficulties, however, every hybridiser must make up his mind to encounter and surmount (which he most assuredly will by perseverance), till at last the happy union takes place that is to repay and reward his efforts with the success he so much deserves. I have been unintentionally led into this digression, which I trust the reader of The Florist will excuse. I need not say one word this month regarding treatment, etc, as nothing more than the usual every day's routine of watering is necessary during the season of growth.

Whitehill. W. H. Story.

Fuchsias #1

Nothing to suggest with respect to Fuchsias this month.

W. H. Story.

Fuchsias #2

The blooming season is now on the wane, though my seedlings are still looking very gay, and will for a month to come. Those plants that are intended for early blooming should now be spurred back, placed in a cool situation, and more water withheld than is sufficient to keep life in them in an ordinary way: this operation may be deferred till the plant shews symptoms of exhaustion. Keep a watchful eye upon your ripening seed-pods, or Master Cock Robin will help himself to them. I have found it necessary to place a choice pod in a small net bag to preserve it from this little robber. Any seedlings that have bloom set, and are become stunted and pot-bound, may be stimulated with a dose of weak guano-water.

Whitehill, Newton Abbott, Devon. W. H. Story.

Fuchsias #3

See last month.

Whitehill, Newton Abbott, Devon. W. H. Story.