The approach of autumn is beginning to thin the number of new plants that put in their claim for recognition at the hands of the Floral Committee, though it is by no means an invariable rule, that when new plants are thinly produced they are necessarily inferior in quality. The meeting of the Floral Committee on the 21st of September brought together fewer things than usual, but there were some good things produced nevertheless. First-class certificates were awarded as follows: To Hydrangea paniculata grandiflora, a hardy Japanese species introduced some time ago, and bearing a spike of white flowers changing with age to pale primrose: from Messrs T. Cripps & Son, Tunbridge Wells. To Veronica blue gem, a very dwarf and compact form of the type of Y. Andersoni, with a multitude of rich blue flowers. This plant, it is said, came up as a chance seedling, and judging from its appearance as seen on this occasion, appears likely to make an invaluable decorative plant for houses, and in all probability will prove well adapted for bedding purposes: from Mr H. W. Warren, Nurseryman, Salisbury. To Centaurea hybrida, a seedling from C. ragusina, but quite distinct in character, having a fine large and bold silvery foliage: from Mr John Salter, Versailles Nursery, Hammersmith. To Mr Green, gardener to W. Wilson Saunders, Esq., for Agave pectin-ata, a curious Mexican species, with dark-green fleshy leaves beset with large whitish spines on the margin; and to Cupressus albo-spica, a fine silvery-foliaged plant, which was regarded as a variegated form of Thujopsis borealis by some, and by others to be a variety of Cupressus Lawsoniana. It had a handsome elegant habit, and it is said to preserve its character in all seasons: from Messrs J. & C. Lee, Royal Vineyard Nurseries, Hammersmith.

Quite a sensational plant was a very fine seedling Viola, shown under the name of Perfection, by Mr J. Jobson, Rothersfield Park Gardens, Alton, and said to be a seedling from V. cornuta. It is nearly thrice the size of this well-known variety, and of a deep purple blue hue, and wonderfully profuse and continuous in bloom. It will be sent out next spring by Mr B. S. Williams of Holloway, and was on this occasion awarded a first-class certificate. The same award was made to Mr J. W. Wimsett, of Chelsea, for Ivy-leaved Pelargonium Willsii, one of Mr Wills' new hybrids, and producing numbers of trusses of bright violet-rose flowers of the fine shape of the ordinary zonal kinds. This was the result of a true effort at hybridisation, and cost Mr Wills something like twelve years of patient labour.

At a later meeting of the Committee, Mr Bull contributed a collection of handsome forms of Palms, to most of which first-class certificates were awarded, not so much on account of their novelty, as of their beauty, and because of the great repute in which these handsome plants are so deservedly held. The following were the names of the kinds so honoured: Dekenia nobilis, a Seaforthia-like species, with whitish spines round the stem and up the leaf-stalk; Ptychosperma elegans, Plectocomia elongata, Ptychosperma Alexandra, Chamrerops arborea, by some thought to be identical with C. humilis; Thrinax havanensis, and Martinezia caryolaefolia. Messrs Veitch & Sons received first-class certificates for two beautiful forms of Anaechtochili named Ordiana and Dawsonianus pictus; the former having deep velvety emerald-green leaves, with white reticulations; the latter a form of Dawsonianus, but brighter, and more reticulated; also for Tydea Nero, deep scarlet, with deep dark markings, a fine garden Hybrid; to Miltonia War-scewiczii, a new Grenadan species, with rather small flowers, the petals of which are of a bronze colour, tipped with green, and with a warm slate-coloured lip, deeply bordered with white, said to have been purchased very cheaply when new, and now a small bit of it is worth ten guineas.

To Seaforthia Yeitchii, a fine new Australian species, forming a handsome greenhouse Palm, not so robust in growth as Elegans; and to Rhododendron Lobbi, a stove flowering shrub from the East Indies, with crimson curved tubular flowers. Messrs Paul & Son, Cheshunt, received a first-class certificate for Cupressus Lawsoniana pendula alba, a beautiful silvery-foliage form, with a graceful pendulous habit. The same award was made to Mr C. Turner, Slough, for a capital variegated Ivy leaved Pelargonium, named Compactum, the leaves broadly edged with white; and for Tropceolum ochroleucum, a variety with a soft yellow foliage, quite constant, and a most effective bedding plant, and an almost flowerless variety.

The following Dahlias have also received first-class certificates: - Royalty (Rawlings), bright golden ground, the centre and some of the florets slightly tipped with brown, of perfect shape and fine substance; and Provost (Turner), an orange-red flower, the base of the florets paler, distinct in character, and of good substance. Second-class certificates were awarded to the following: - Alice Gair (Turner), blush, heavily tipped and dashed with bright rosy purple; and Lord Weymouth (Wheeler), buff golden ground, heavily tipped with lake.

At the meeting of October 5th, a most conspicuous figure was a splendidly grown and bloomed plant of Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) reticulatum, from Mr Cliffe, gardener to Lord Egerton, Tatton Park, Cheshire. It had six splendid trusses of deep pink flowers, and was in all probability one of the finest forms of it ever seen. It was awarded a special certificate on the ground of its superior culture. Messrs Standish & Co., Ascot, also exhibited some plants of Ficus macrojriiylla, a very freegrowing species; the leaves are broader, of a thinner texture, and of a lighter green colour than Ficus elastica, surpassing this species both as being hardier and a faster grower, and will no doubt be a valuable acquisition for subtropical gardening. R D.