Where there is a great demand in autumn and winter for cut flowers, either for mixing with other flowers in vases, or for what has now become very fashionable, small hand-bouquets for the dinner-table, this grand old stove creeper is one of the most useful and effective plants that can be grown; and I find a great demand for it as an ornament for the hair.

Being a native of the East Indies, the plant stove, or a house where it can have a high temperature and a plentiful supply of moisture, is most suitable for it. To have it fine, and to be seen in all its beauty, it should be planted out in a bed of soil and be allowed plenty of space to run, and under such treatment I question if even the lovely Lapageria rosea in the conservatory can rival it for usefulness and beauty. The Ipomoea comes into bloom at a season when scarcely any flowers of the same colour are available, and it continues a long time in bloom. We have had it in bloom here since October, and not producing a few flowers only, but hanging in large and numerous clusters, more than fifty of which have been cut at a time; and now, the 13th January, we are still getting a plentiful supply, with every appearance of a succession for six weeks to come, and all from the same plant.

Having grown it several years in pots, but not to my satisfaction, when "looking over" our stove plants last March, a pit 3 feet square and 18 inches deep was taken out at the corner of the centre bed in the stove, 6 inches of drainage was put in the bottom of the pit, with a layer of rough soil over it to keep it from getting choked. The pit was filled up with one part fibry peat, not broken too finely; one part turfy loam, with the fine part of it separated from it by passing it through a -inch sieve; with this was mixed a little charcoal, broken to from the size of a bean to a pigeon's egg, and a sprinkling of silver sand. This Ipomaea is very impatient of stagnant water, and at the same time requires a copious supply of water when growing freely: good drainage and an open soil are indispensable, otherwise the leaves turn yellow and drop off. The plant was carefully turned out of its pot and planted in the pit of soil above described, was trained so far up the end of the house and over above the division door and over the path along which it has been trained. It soon started into growth and progressed rapidly, and by the middle of August it had run the whole length of the house - 30 feet long and 3 feet wide - at the same time covering several of the rafters.

All through the growing season the shoots should be carefully tied in, as it blooms in large bunches from the ends of the shoots. It grows all the stronger if occasionally watered with manure-water, and it should be liberally syringed till the blooms make their appearance, which is generally in October. When it stops growing and begins to bloom, less water is required; for if too liberally supplied, its flowers and leaves drop off prematurely. This creeper cannot be too strongly recommended wherever there is a plant stove. Here it has been the admiration of all who have visited the gardens. A. Henderson.

Thoresby Gardens.