But a scanty record completes the list up to the close of 1869. Cold inclement weather, with nipping winds and attendant frost and impending snow, is scarcely favourable to the production of new plants, even were it not a season of the year when they are invariably scarce. Messrs Veitch & Sons have exhibited, and obtained a first-class certificate for, a fine new Hippeastrum named Leopoldi, a grand companion to the novel H. pardinum they exhibited some time ago. The one now exhibited was so named in honour of the King of the Belgians, who was struck with its beauty, and gave his permission for it to be named after him. It is a bold showy flower, with a claret-crimson centre and a broad edging of greenish white, which Mr H. J. Veitch stated would come quite white as the flower aged. Messrs Veitch & Sons also had a new Cypripedium, named pardinum, but in the way of C. venustum, and as shown not exhibiting any marked excellence; also Loelia anceps Dawsoni, with white flowers, having a rich purple lip, and a pale rose-coloured form of their new hybrid Phaius irroratus, named roseus, raised from Phaius Wallichiana crossed with Calanthe vestita.

Messrs E. G. Henderson & Son contributed a very interesting group of variegated Ivies, to one of which - Hedera rhomboidea obovata - a first-class certificate was awarded. Though the plant and leaves were both very small, it appeared to have much distinctness of character, the leaves being of a bronzy-purple tint. A good fine-leaved form was H. Algeriensis, the leaves large and bold, and it had a robust look about it, but was said to be somewhat tender. The attention bestowed on these Ivies by Mr Shirley Hibberd, Dr Seemann, and others, appears to be bringing them to the fore, and they certainly deserve the attention aroused. The following was also good: H. Algeriensis arborescens, with fine bold dark-green leaves. In some of the variegated kinds the differences appeared to be very slight indeed.

In the way of hardy ornamental plants, a notice of the gold and silver Spruce Firs exhibited by Messrs J. & C. Lee must not be omitted, especially the golden variety, which has an elegant and attractive appearance at this season of the year. R. D.