This is one of the finest of all choice winter-blooming shrubs, and as it does not require a high winter temperature - indeed does best in a comparatively cool and moist house (40° at night will do it no harm) - it deserves to be seen more often than is now the case. In the culture of this plant there is a little secret. Never be tempted to repot it on any account, a remark which applies to L. gratissima with equal force. The finest plant I ever saw was purchased from a nursery in a 6-inch pot. After growing in the same pot for some years and doing well, it was decided to plant it out in a border in a warm conservatory. In performing the operation the plant was not turned out of the pot, but the drainage-hole was enlarged without injury to the roots, and the pot was plunged in the prepared border at the foot of a pillar, where it is now a picture worth going miles to see, each growth being terminated by a cluster of fragrant pink blossoms or buds. I know of several people who have lost L. gratissima simply owing to the operation of repotting; and I advise every one who may intend to grow these plants to plunge the pot and allow the roots to find their own way out of the pot, rather than risk the plant by turning it out and repotting in the usual way.

These plants are so sweet and welcome in mid-winter, that all having a warm greenhouse should grow them; and if the above advice is followed, I am vain enough to think that they will not vanish from collections so mysteriously as is now sometimes the case. Both species may be increased by careful layering, each branchlet separately in a 6-inch pot. They are by no means easy to increase, hence the rather long price in the catalogues of the few trade-growers who have them to offer. F. W. B.