Just now, when the shadows of the on-coming autumn and winter are thrown across the closing days of the rapidly-retreating summer, and indications multiply that " The summer is past, And the winds have a rumour that prophesies death" to much that is now blooming and gay in the garden - just now is the time to consider how much of the floral beauty can in any way be preserved through the dark months to those who would gladly transfer to the interior of the house what cannot much longer be preserved to them without. To such as possess a greenhouse, this is a matter of small moment; to those without these important additions to the garden, the question becomes one of greater significance. To such ones indoor gardening comes as a pleasant and profitable pastime; and there are many ways, some of them simple enough, which can be utilised as a means of continuing on something like a vibration of the pleasurable emotion afforded by the summer garden when at its zenith. One favourite and much-employed feature of indoor gardening is the cultivation of Hyacinths in glasses. This is now so well understood that no especial mention is necessary. It is time the Hyacinths were in water, and that should just touch the base of the bulb.

A few pieces of charcoal should be placed in each glass to keep the water from becoming offensive - besides, it prevents the necessity for having it frequently changed. Our illustration, fig. 1, shows not only what handsome types of glasses are obtainable nowadays, but also shows their adaptation to hold cut flowers in winter, for they are at all times handsome ornaments on the chimney-piece. Fig. 2 shows what a charming aspect is presented by these glasses when the Hyacinths are in flower; also the duty of the support, and the way it should be fixed in the glass: it will also be seen what a finish is given to the glasses by the addition of a little green moss placed round the bulbs.

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Fig. 1.

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Fig. 2.

Fig. 3 shows a rustic robin drawing-room jardinet, filled with bulbs. The bulbs are placed either in soil, damp moss, or cocoanut fibre. A layer of charcoal should be placed at the bottom as drainage, for the jardinet having no holes at the bottom, the water will sink to the bottom of the vessel. Notwithstanding this apparent drawback, bulbs do very well indeed in the jardinet if only some attention be given them. Whatever the soil used, it should contain a good quantity of powdered charcoal or suchlike, to keep it from running together and becoming sodden. Hyacinths can occupy the centre of it, with Narcissi, Tulips, Crocuses, Snowdrops, etc, round them. A more elaborate contrivance is the Prince of Wales circular terraced drawing-room jardinet, fig. 4, which has three terraces rising one above the other; and when tastefully planted, this is a charming object to place in a sitting-room window. During the summer months, this and the preceding can be filled with Ferns. When planted with some of the most elegant species suited for the purpose, it would be equally attractive. Fig. 5 is a rustic hanging - basket, which can be suspended near a window, and can be used for the growth of bulbs during winter, and for plants in summer.

There are many elegant and tasteful designs to be had, and they are charming ornaments for a sitting-room. Fig. 6 is a very tasteful design, as well as an ornamental and useful piece of furniture. It is termed the drawing-room octagon jardinet, and is manufactured in bronze, or in rustic wood fitted with encaustic tiles. In our illustration this is filled with a handsome Dracaena, with a low-growing Fern planted round it.

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Fig. 3.

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Fig. 4.

Such are a few of many means by which gardening can be carried on within-doors. They are by no means the most elaborate, but they represent some of the more easily managed modes.

This, then, is the time to prepare and preserve within-doors some approximate resemblance to what is so fast passing away without; and some of these elegant contrivances, filled with suitable occupants, and carefully tended because affectionately regarded for the useful floral service they render, will be found among the best means of perpetuating during the desolation of winter something of that high satisfaction so many find in the culture of plants and flowers. We are indebted to Messrs Barr & Sugden, Covent Garden, for the oppor tunity of figuring these excellent contrivances.

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Fig. 5.

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Fig. 6.