So finely developed was a grand specimen of the glorious Vanda ccerulea, sent from Lord Londesborough's, Grimston Park, Tad-caster, by Mr Downing, to the meeting of the Royal Horticultural Society, on October 19th, that it may well occupy the leading position in the list of new plants of the month, though in itself not strictly new. In fact, three plants were sent from Grimston Park, and the largest was a superb specimen of high cultivation, the plant-stalk being feathered with healthy foliage to its very base; and it had three spikes of flowers, on which were forty-eight expanded blooms and one unexpanded bud. Another specimen had twenty-three full-bloomed flowers, and the third specimen eight. Mr Thomson has also just flowered a noble specimen at Dalkeith, and in that place, so full of interest for visitors, it was one of the most interesting features. Mr Thomson's plant, though not so tall as the largest specimen from Grimston Park, and scarcely so well furnished, though quite as healthy, had two spikes of flowers - one with twenty-three expanded flowers and four unexpanded buds, the other with twenty-one expanded flowers and four unexpanded buds. It will be seen that the Dalkeith specimen had an aggregate of fifty-two flowers.

It is said to be a plant difficult of cultivation, and does best in the corner of a house facing the north-east, in which position it can obtain plenty of light. In the records of his ' Himalayan Journey,' Dr Hooker describes the beauty of these plants as seen on the dry grassy hills on the Himalayan range, some 3000 or 4000 feet above the sea-level. The Floral Committee recommended Lord Londesborough's specimen as worthy the award of the Lindley medal.

But to the record of new plants. In the way of Orchids, a first-class certificate has been awarded to a variety of Odontoglossum Rossi, named Warneri, a larger form than 0. Rossi, having pale sepals spotted with dark, white petals, and yellow crest. This was exhibited by Mr Wilson, gardener to W. Marshall, Esq., Clay Hill, Enfield. From Mr Lawrence, gardener to the Bishop of Winchester, Farnham Castle, came a curious species of Gongora, from Rio Negro, of a rosy-slate colour, delicately barred and spotted with chocolate. From the Royal Horticultural Society's garden came a pan of Pleione Wallichiana, covered with beautiful flowers, to which a special certificate was awarded. It contained thirty-four expanded flowers of fine development. Mr Bateman stated in regard to the Pleione, and with reference to the culture of these plants, that they liked damp and heat during the growing season, and the reverse conditions during the period of rest, which in their native habitats occurs during the dry season.

A very handsome and novel form of the Lady-Fern, named Athyrium Filix-foemina, var. Elizabethse, was exhibited by Mr Thomas Moore, Botanic Gardens, Chelsea, and awarded a first-class certificate. It was curious for its dwarf growth and the singular formation of the fronds. Mr Moore said he had brought this specimen to show what can be produced from the Lady-Fern by seed.

From Messrs Standish & Co. came a flowering plant of the Ascot Yellow Perpetual Picotee, to show its excellent habit and freedom of bloom. It is a fine variety, the flowers yellow laced with brilliant red.

To the Fruit Committee came a few things well worthy a passing notice. Mr John Richards, gardener to E. J. Coleman, Esq., Stoke Park, Slough, brought three magnificent fruits of the smooth Cayenne Pine, so regular and symmetrical in shape that they appeared to have been cast in a mould; they were also finely ripened. The aggregate weight of the three fruits was over 24 lb. Another feature was a very curious and interesting sport from the Citronelle Grape, sent by W. Looke, Esq. of Melksham, Wilts. "This resembled, in its peculiarity of colouring, the old Aleppo or variegated Chasselas, some of the branches being produced black, some green; others with one-half or a few berries green, and the rest black; some striped, or one half of the berry green and the other black - altogether presenting a singular appearance. The flavour of these berries did not differ from the Citronelle, which is a small white Chasselas, with a pleasant Sweetwater flavour." Such was Mr A. F. Barron's report of this novel occurrence. Equally interesting was a fruit of the Avocado Pear (Persea gratissima) exhibited by Mr J. Carr, gardener to P. L. Hinds, Esq., Byfleet, Surrey. It is a tropical fruit from the West Indies, and this is the first time the fruit has been ripened in this country.

The fruit was of the size of a small Melon, oval in shape; the skin deep green, coloured a little on one side, and spotted with dull red all over. The flesh, which is about an inch in thickness, is of a soft pasty character, and of a pale yellow colour, covering one large seed in a kernel, like a Plum. As a dessert fruit it is considered uneatable. It is sometimes called the Alligator Pear, or Midshipman's Butter. The fruit is produced by a large, bold-foliaged shrub, which grows from 20 to 30 feet in height in its native habitat. The plant has long been in cultivation in this country, and has flowered both at the Duke of Northumberland's, Syon House, and at Kew. A first-class certificate was awarded to a compact - growing dwarf red Beet, marked NO. 2, from Messrs Veitch & Sons.

R. D.