There must be a demand still for named Cinerarias (though named varieties are by no means so popular as they were a few years ago), or else it would not repay the trouble of raisers to name their seedlings and exhibit them as such. As producers of new kinds, Messrs F. & A. Smith of Dulwich, London, are almost alone in the work; and, during the past month, they have on two occasions exhibited some new kinds, to two of which first-class certificates were awarded - viz., Royal Purple, having a broad rich purplish-blue edge, with a slight ring of white as a ground colour round a large pale disc; - the flowers were of massive proportions, smooth, and somewhat unduly reflexed: and Orb of Day, the broad edge of an intense rosy crimson, and narrow ring of white as a ground, surrounded with a belt of vivid crimson at the junction of the two colours, and large white disc. Both are fine and telling varieties. The same raisers received a second-class certificate for Ino, white ground, with a narrow edge of bright rosy-purple, and dark disc, a pleasing flower.

Azaleas, also, have come to the fore, being represented by some good flowers. Foremost for its rich colour and general fine properties must be placed La Superbe, exhibited by Mr C. Turner, a large bold flower, of a bright orange crimson hue, darker and better in colour than Stella, as well as of greater size, though somewhat flat, and appearing to have a vigorous habit and free blooming. A very promising variety, named Emma Ivery, was exhibited by Messrs Ivery & Son, Dorking. It was in the way of Charmer, but of a deeper and better colour; and though a little rough as shown, it had the appearance of being seen in better condition later. It is of a fine glow of colour for exhibition purposes. Rosa Ivery was another variety in the way of Charmer, but paler, and had a very pretty and pleasing flower. James Veitch, exhibited by Messrs Veitch & Sons, is a variety that was much admired at the International Exhibition at Ghent last year. It is of a bright deep violet rose, very effective in colouring; but the flower was small, rough, and crumpled.

Hyacinth Hector, exhibited by Mr William Paul, is a fine greyish pale single blue variety, of massive proportions and superb finish. It is of a very pleasing hue, and promises to be a favourite flower when it has increased sufficiently to be distributed, probably some fifteen or twenty years hence. It was awarded a first-class certificate. A pale buff single variety named Sonora was also exhibited by Mr W. Paul. In point of size the spike was good, but the bells being small and very numerous, it had a rough appearance; while the foliage was so tall that the spike of bloom appeared to be lost in a well of vigorous green leaves.

A first-class certificate was awarded to a distinct dwarf-habited Agave, named De Smetiana, one of the smaller-growing species, in which the leaves have a pale-brownish margin, broken up by irregular, coarse, flattened spines of the same colour, varying in form and curving in different directions. It was exhibited by Mr Green, gardener to W. Wilson Saunders, Esq. of Keigate.

The same award was made to Messrs E. G. Henderson & Son, for Spirea (Hoteia) Japonica variegata, a variegated form of S. Japonica, of a very striking appearance, the red-stalked leaves having all the main veins marked out with creamy white, producing a pale-golden reticulated variegation. It had been imported from Japan by the exhibitors.

In the way of Orchids, a first-class certificate was awarded to Mr B. S. Williams for a Ccelogyne, supposed to be Ocellata, though in the form shown it was new to Orchid-growers. It formed a pretty dwarf plant, and had a raceme of pure white flowers, marked on the lip with a large yellow blotch, which was bordered by a red line. Second-class certificates were awarded to Messrs Veitch & Sons for Cymbidiuin tigrinum, a very distinct-looking plant, with long olive-tinted sepals and petals, and a white lip marked with transverse bands of purple; and to a very fine variety of Oncidium nubigenum, named Ocellatum, from Mr William Bull.

A first-class certificate was also awarded to Mr W. Bull for Ficus Eburnea, a fine species of bold character, with large, shining, ovate, green leaves, marked with white ribs. A very curious species of Lilium, in some respects very like an Ornithogalum in appearance, was exhibited by George F. Wilson, Esq., who had received it from Mons. Leichtlin of Carlsruhe. It was named L. Thomsonianum, and had an inflorescence branching from the very base, about a foot and a half high, bearing numerous narrow-petaled, pale-pinkish flowers, the leaves long, narrow, and flaccid. This plant was the occasion of a sharp debate as to its value, but was eventually awarded a first-class certificate.

A like award was made to Messrs Veitch & Sons for a yellow-flowered Eastern Rhododendron, with long narrow leaves and showy clear yellow flowers, which was supposed to be the same as one previously shown under the name of R. Brookeanum flavum, but to which the designation of R. Lobbianum had been applied. A bold and showy truss of flowers of R. Batemani, a Bhotan species, with purplish-crimson black-spotted flowers, came from James Bateman, Esq., Congleton. It was said to be adapted only for indoor culture, and in this respect was not superior to others in cultivation.

From Mr Atkins, Painswick, the raiser of Cyclamen Atkinsi, came a Triteleia, with flowers of a deeper tint of blue than generally appears in T. uniflora. It was, no doubt, closely allied to this species, which is one of the most useful of the hardy spring-blooming plants.

R. D.