This is the season for new Chrysanthemums, and Messrs Salter & Son of Hammersmith have a fine lot of new flowers, which will be noticed very shortly. It may be recorded here that one of their new Japanese varieties, named Saltan, received a first-class certificate. The flowers are formed of clusters of broad ribbon-like bright lilac-rose florets, and it is one of those fine flowers that are so well adapted for conservatory decoration at this season of the year.

In a most interesting group of Orchids and other flowering-plants, exhibited by Messrs Veitch & Sons at the meeting of the Royal Horticultural Society on November 16, was an example of Oncidium Euxanthinum, a new Brazilian species imported by the exhibitors. It has the habit of O. bifolium, and was thought by some to be inferior to it. It was ultimately awarded a first-class certificate. In this group were such fine things as the brilliant yellow-flowering Oncidium Rogersi, really more striking in hue than the larger and nobler form of Oncidium macranthum hastiferum; Dendrobium bigibbum, a rare and very beautiful species; and some small plants of Aphelandra aur-antiaca Roezlii, with flowers of a showy deep scarlet hue. Mr Bull also sent a group of plants, among which was a capital example of Litobrochia undulata, an elegant and robust-habited Fern, that obtained a second-class certificate some time since, but on this occasion was so much improved in appearance as to warrant a first-class certificate.

Mr Linden also sent a group of plants from Brussels. Among them was Maxillaria splendens, a white species, said by Mr Bateman to have flowered in this instance for the first time in Europe. It was in the way of M. venusta, but with stouter top petals, which, together with the sepals, were white, the lip bright orange, with the edges tipped with rose. In this group was a flowering-plant of Oncidium macranthum hastiferum, but not so finely developed as the form of it in the possession of Lord Londesborough. A first-class certificate was awarded to Mr Green, gardener to W. Wilson Saunders, Esq., for Siphocam-pylus Humboldtiana, a stove-plant allied to the Lobelia that is said to be always in bloom, but must be kept in a damp atmosphere or it will lose its leaves. The flowers were of a deep blood-crimson hue. Mr B. S. Williams also contributed a good group of plants. Among them was Masdevallia tovarensis, a pure white form, thought to be identical with M. Candida, recently exhibited by Messrs Veitch & Sons. A first-class certificate was awarded to it conditionally with its proving to be distinct from M. Candida. In Mr Williams's group was also a good specimen of the fine Cymbidium Mastersi superbum.

An example of Sarcanthus bigibbum was also exhibited by Mr Marshall, gardener to W. Marshall, Esq., and awarded a first-class certificate. It has lemon-coloured petals, and a white and orange lip.

Messrs Downie, Laird, & Laing contributed a group of seedling bedding Pelargoniums of unusually fine promise: two especially stood out with marked distinctness from the rest - namely, George Peabody, with large and striking vivid orange-crimson flowers of the finest form and substance, a novel hue of colour, notwithstanding the number of flowers classed as partaking of crimson hues; and Pink Queen, deep rosy pink, very fine and distinct. Possibly the lateness of the season might have had something to do with intensifying the colours of these fine flowers; it was therefore requested that they be sent again next season.

From the Society's Gardens at Chiswick came large flowering branches of Dahlia Imperialis, bloomed in one of the houses at Chiswick by Mr Barron. It was awarded a first-class certificate as a decorative plant for the conservatory. R. D.