Unlike the Auricula, the Carnation, and the Pansy, and several other suchlike gems of beauty which the zealous and enterprising florist has taken into his hands and heart, the Tulip gives a long season of repose to its admirers, thus affording them opportunities of bestowing attentions to those more tender objects of their affections necessary to bring them successfully through the long and tedious winter to which they are exposed, with its boisterous gales and nipping frosts. But though "buried beneath the clod" for a season, it does not lose its place in the affections of its possessor, who is constantly calculating in what way it will make its appearance when in bloom, and how close it will run its competitors in the race for a silver cup, or how high it will stand in the classes. And even when hidden from view, it is found not to have been inactive, but all through the long winter, on the contrary, it has been occupied in forming its rootlets and advancing the future bloom - thus silently, and without observation, carrying on its own individual work.

In my last paper of "Jottings" I promised to forward a few descriptive notes upon the seedlings raised by Mr Storer of Derby, but the season of bloom proved so very unpropitious that those friends who had promised me their aid were not willing to adventure a description, as the blooms proved entirely out of their ordinary character as compared with previous years, as most growers can doubtless bear me out to their great disappointment, finding a dusky flame replacing the expected fine feather, and an expected flame suffused into an ugly self. This was no doubt owing to the extraordinary amount of rainfall during the previous winter; and should such an excessive amount of colouring matter result from such a cause, fears may again be entertained of a similar misfortune, owing to the present wet winter. We shall see in due time, but trust our fears will not be verified.

And now, while our favourites are actively preparing underground for their next campaign, I should like to say a few words from memory about the merits of a few which I have had the pleasure of seeing of those beautiful Derby seedlings, so truly deserving the highest encomiums that can be passed upon them. I should unhesitatingly have said that Dr Hardy could, without challenge, carry the palm, and stand, as the raiser at one time thought it would stand, No. 1 over all the rest. However, a grower, who is no mean authority, informs me that another variety, during last year, has put in a claim for pre-eminence, and doubtless will succeed in establishing its rightful position. That the "Doctor" is full small in size cannot be denied, but large flowers are apt to get coarse: still a large refined flower must ever stand before a smaller compeer. But a small bloom, when faultless and proportionate, must command, a little longer yet, a position on the bed; and I have seen some faultless blooms of Dr Hardy for some years past, and it will be found a most admirable specimen of what is desirable in a Tulip, with the exception, perhaps, of size, as its colours are of the richest, and its style of marking sharp, clear, and decided in both feather and flame - so that Joseph Godfrey, the "new pretender," must look about him, and put on his best smiles to greet the anxious expectants at the approaching struggle for victory, and will not gain its honours without a sharp contest on the part of the Doctor.

John D. Hextall, another variety, named after a stanch veteran of more than fourscore years who has made his mark high up in the annals of floriculture, is a superb flame of rich scarlet and gold, with the colour laid on in the flame less carefully and attractively than in some of the others - in a word, a little too heavily done, rendering it less sharp and defined than we like to see in a fine Tulip. The season may have had something to do with the excess of colouring. In any stage, however, it may be taken as a most attractive variety.

The third is a break from No. GO, which was considered identical with Dr Hardy by the Derby growers, and which the raiser himself only last season pronounced identical when he saw it in the breeder state; and to those who do not dislike scarlet flames, it will possess many attractions in its fine short cup and sharp defined markings. I would scarcely venture to assert the fact of its identity, although the breeder is considered the same, for to my eye there is a sufficient difference in the broke flower to establish a distinct variety; and I have found, in my experience in seedlings, that two distinct varieties may be originated from one breeder - so closely similar may two different seeds be found in their produce as to deceive the most careful observer until broken. However, there is no doubt of its being a good and useful flower, and, like the rest of these seedlings, very constant in its markings, being a very fine flame.

No. 15 is a very fine feathered variety, having a short cup, rather small, with the colours less brilliant than in some of the others.

Lord Palmerston is another flame, sometimes only lightly flamed according to the season, with a fine large cup, and of a peculiar brown on a lemon ground in its markings.

Mr Mills is a superb variety, with a fine rich flame upon a good yellow ground. This I should pronounce to be amongst the finest of the batch.

General Lee is a beautiful flame; fine short cup and clear markings, and a fine stage-flower, usually coming in good character.

There are at least a score others about which my memory will not allow me to speak a word, and of whose names and numbers I have quite lost recollection; but after next bloom, if spared to see it, I hope to have something to record. Omicron.