Of these, Orchids naturally enough form the largest proportion at this season of the year. Foremost must be placed the magnificent example of Oncidium splendidum, exhibited by Lord Londesborough. The sepals and petals are somewhat small, and are brown, with thin bars of yellow running across them, and a very large and conspicuous bright yellow lip of great beauty. It is not too much to state that it is one of the finest species in the genus. It deservedly obtained a first-class certificate, and it was stated that it was the first time it had ever been exhibited. O leopardinum, from the same exhibitor, received the same award. It is a pretty Peruvian species, with yellow and deep chestnut-brown flowers. Messrs Veitch & Sons have produced Vanda cceulescens, the flowers of which, though small - and there were only two on the flower-stem - were very pretty; colour, pale-blue, with a white lip. A very beautiful form of Lycaste Skinneri alba has been produced by the same exhibitors, and has been termed the most beautiful Lycaste ever seen.

In the way of varieties of Cattleya Trianae, Mr Wilson, gardener to William Marshall, Esq., Enfield, received first-class certificates for cut specimens of the following: Io, large deep-blush flower, with purplish rose lip, paler at the edges; Penelope, warm lilac, with a broad lemon-coloured bar on the lip: Atlanta, pale rose, with deep rich purple lip; and Venus, resembling the latter in colour, but larger, and tinted with orange in the upper part of the lip. The same award was made to Cattleya Trianae Lawrenciana, a very beautiful and deep rich-coloured variety, from Mr Lawrence, gardener to Bishop Sumner (ex-Bishop of Winchester).

A first-class certificate was awarded to a fine-coloured variety of Cyclamen Persicum, named Kermesinum, of a rich carmine-rose hue, the flowers of fine substance, sent by Mr J. Welch, Parkfield House, Hil-lingdon. Mr Stevens, of Ealing, also produced a very fine batch of seedlings, some of them remarkably high-coloured, and at the same time quite varied in hue. Generally speaking, this strain had small, rounded, and peculiarly shining leaves, some very handsomely marked.

A second-class certificate has been awarded to Cerasus Laurocerasus rotundifolia, a handsome variety of the Laurel, shown by Mr William Paul, Waltham Cross. The plant was rather small, but if it retains its close compact-growing habit, it will be acceptable as an improvement on existing kinds. Also to Libonia Penrhosiana, a hybrid raised between Libonia floribunda, also known as Abutilon vexillarium; and Serico-graphis Ghiesbreghtiana, the last named being the seed-parent. From this cross three varieties were obtained, of different shades. The flowers of the one selected for an award have the yellow mouth of the Libonia and the scarlet tube of the Sericographis, though not so bright, while the leaves are larger than those of the Libonia, and rather smaller and of a darker green than those of the other parent. This makes a capital winter-blooming plant for this season of the year. It was shown by Mr Ismay, gardener to the Hon. W. O. Stanley, Penrhos, Holyhead.

In the way of hardy ornamental shrubs, Mr A. Waterer, Knaphill Nursery, Woking, had Cupressus Lawsoniana erecta viridis, a very striking and handsome variety, almost as upright in its growth as an Irish Yew or Eastern Arborvitae, which promises to be valuable in gardens; also C. Lawsoniana gracilis, of a most graceful drooping habit, and well named in consequence. Both these received first-class certificates.

Last year, Mr William Paul produced a snow-white single Primula, the trusses of bloom borne on red foot-stalks, the leaf-stalks of the same colour. This has just been produced in a double form by Messrs F. & A. Smith, Dulwich, and named by them Purity. The flowers are of large size and very handsome. The same exhibitors had a great curiosity, in the form of a small plant of a seedling single Primula Sinensis. One half of the plant had red leaf-stalks, and produced a truss of rosy-purple flowers; the other half had white leafstalks, and bore a truss of white flowers. R. D.