Orchids are again in the van of new plants, not only in regard to numbers, but also in relation to excellence. Cypripedium Harrissonianum, awarded a first-class certificate, is a true hybrid, raised by Mr Dominy of Messrs Veitch & Sons, from a cross between C. barbatum and C. villosum. The flowers are olive-green, with a streaked pale-edged dorsal sepal, brownish-purple stained petals, and a dark-purple lip. Its habit is especially vigorous and healthy, in this respect a decided advance; the leaves are green, mottled with blotches of deeper green. Messrs Yeitch & Sons also received first-class certificates for Dendro-bium lasioglossum, with white flowers tipped with pale rose produced in pairs, the base of the lip deep orange; and for D. crassinode, producing pairs of white flowers tinted with rose and having a woolly lip. Three distinct varieties of Odontoglossum triumphans were recently shown by Mr Wilson, gardener to William Marshall, Esq., Enfield; and to two of these, named respectively var. Marshallii and var. Wil-soni, first-class certificates were awarded. They were said to be the finest forms of 0. triumphans yet seen.

The first named had yellow sepals and petals thickly blotched with patches of cinnamon-brown; the petals somewhat toothed and the lip white, with frilled yellow margin and brown lip. In the case of the last named, the sepals and petals were marked with fewer and larger patches of brown, and the lip was much less frilled. From Mr Sherratt, gardener to James Bateman, Esq., Biddulph Grange, Congleton, came cut specimens of two very beautiful and rare Orchids, to each of which first-class certificates were awarded - viz., Bletia Sherrattiana, with rich rosy-purple flowers, the lip deeper in colour and marked with purple; and Ipsea speciosa, a very rare Orchid - so rare as, perhaps, to be only in Mr Bateman's hands - and very difficult to manage, and having handsome flowers of the brightest and purest yellow.

A first-class certificate was awarded to Messrs Standish & Co. of Ascot, for a dwarf-growing form of Todea hymenophylloides named compacta. This had appeared in somewhat large numbers as self-sown seedlings in a stovehouse, and though some of the plants were some six or seven years old, they were not more than 2 or 3 inches in height.

The same award was made to Messrs J. & C. Lee, Hammersmith, for a very good variegated form of Thuja Lobbiana, named variega-ta, large golden blotches being regularly diffused over a large plant. It promises to form a valuable addition to the various forms of variegated Conifers.

Under the name of Phormium Cookianum variegatum, Mr W. Bull has recently exhibited two plants of the striped-leaved form of P. Colensoi, an elegant plant with slender white-edged leaves. P. Cookianum, as it is termed, proved to be a rigid-growing form of P. tenax, with a shorter and stiffer habit, and was named P. tenax Veitchianum, the variegated form being further named Veitchianum variegatum, and was awarded a first-class certificate. These two forms had been received by Messrs Veitch & Sons from the Botanic Gardens, Hamburg, under the name of P. Cookianum. It is still thought by some that it is, in both forms, simply P. tenax in a state of immature development. P. Cookianum, therefore, as a species, has now no "local habitation, or a name".

A first-class certificate was awarded to Mr W. Bull for Camellia La Maeostosa, a variety with remarkably short rounded leaves, and bold stout-looking cupped very broad-petaled flowers, of a carmine crimson, slightly blotched with white. The same award was made to Messrs Downie, Laird, & Laing for Coleus Baroness Rothschild, one of the Royal Horticultural Society's last batch of seedlings. It is a fine and handsome kind, with rich-looking leaves having a bronzy-purplish-crimson surface and broad golden margin. It promises to be one of the very best of the last new group.

Some remarkably good things have lately been produced in Primulas. Mr B. S. Williams, Holloway, received a first-class certificate for a magnificent strain of the single red kind, the flowers very large and deeply coloured. It was not named, but was said to come true from seed. A very distinct and novel form of the single white, named Waltham White, came from Mr W. Paul, of Waltham Cross, and was remarkable for the decided red colour of its leaf and flower-stalks, while the flowers, of large size and handsomely fringed, were of the finest and purest white, and the habit of growth vigorous. Messrs Windebank and Kingsbury, of Southampton, sent a batch of their new single and double kinds, the former of which had suffered much by the journey. Of the latter, first-class certificates were awarded to Miss Kingsbury, having large white flowers distinctly flaked with carmine; and to Snowflake, having large pure white flowers, very full, the leafstalks tinted with red. It is a singular fact, but nevertheless true, that all flaked flowers of the Primula Sinensis, as well as flowers of the purest white, are always produced on plants having red, or tinted red, leafstalks.

In addition to these Primulas, Messrs P. & A. Smith, Dulwich, had some double and curious single kinds; and Mr Wiggins, of Isle-worth, a very fine lot of single varieties, some of them very handsome.

A first-class certificate was awarded to Messrs Paul & Son for a fine Hybrid Perpetual Rose, named Duke of Edinburgh, of a deep brilliant crimson colour, shaded with dark, the flowers full and finely cupped, in build very similar to the well-known General Jacqueminot. It may be an open question whether it be wise to give so high an award to a forced Rose; but certain it is that this flower was produced in a very high state of development.

A word of praise is due to the magnificent forms of the improved varieties of Cyclamen Persicum, Mr Wiggins, of Isleworth, has lately been producing at the meetings of the Royal Horticultural Society. They so far transcend all that has hitherto been seen of this charming spring flower (often very sorry objects indeed), that they are a show in themselves. Some of the bulbs, nearly four years of age, form plants fully 18 inches in diameter, bearing hundreds of beautiful flowers. From purplish rose to the purest white they range through several intermediate shades; a house of such plants as seen at Isleworth is indeed a charming and long-to-be-remembered sight. Something, however, must be said about these in a separate paper.

New fruits are rare - very rare indeed - though Grapes are to some extent an exception to this invariable rule. At the last meeting of the Fruit Committee, Mr William Thomson, of Dalkeith, sent what promises to become a valuable Grape. It was appropriately named "Thomson's White Lady Downes," as it partakes of the character of this late Grape, being a seedling from it crossed with the Bowood Muscat. The bunch and berries are handsome, and the latter regular in size and of a fine amber colour. Mr Thomson, in a communication to the Committee, stated that the Vine is, if possible, more vigorous than that of Lady Downes, of the same habit, and may be grown along with that variety in a house with no more than greenhouse heat to ripen the fruit. Last year, Mr Thomson stated, he kept the Grapes in good condition on the Vine till April, but this season the unusual heat of February stimulated the sap in the Vines so early that the flavour of the fruit had in consequence been adversely affected. From this cause the Grape was quite flavourless, or almost so, but a member of the Committee stated that he had tasted it in the autumn and found it very fine. If Mr Thomson will exhibit it earlier another season, there is no doubt but that the Grape will receive a high commendation.

R. D.