At the meeting of the Floral Committee on the 20th of April, a very-handsome and striking lot of Amaryllis, of the Hippeastrum group, were staged by Mr Baxter, gardener to C. Keizer, Esq. of Broxbourne. First-class certificates were awarded to the following: Madlle. Tietjens, having a white bar down each segment, with carmine-red on either side, passing off into carmine veins towards the edge Olga, pale rosy red, with indistinct white central bar, and white edges; and Alexandra, bright carmine-red, with clear white edge, but wavy on the edges. One named Duke of Edinburgh, of a deep crimson hue, but somewhat narrow petaled, received a second-class certificate. There was a nice freshness and novelty about these flowers, and they were much admired, just as such glorious decorative plants deserve to be.

Of Orchids, the following have received first-class certificates: Vanda Denisoniana, with white flowers, tinted at the extremities with sulphur, a very distinct and handsome species, from Messrs Veitch & Sons. To a very fine spotted variety of Odontoglossum Alexandra, which was named Warneri, after Mr Robert Warner, Chelmsford, by whom it was exhibited. It has the sepals stained with rose, and marked with a few bold bronzy spots; the petals broad, white, and fringed, and the tip yellow at the base, white at the tip, and barred across the middle with bronze. To Miltonia Virginalis, from Mr B. S. Williams, a pretty white-flowered species, with a rosy-striped lip. To a supposed new species of Brassia, but very handsome, and in the way of B. Maculata, from Messrs Veitch & Sons; and to flowering specimens of Dendrobium Xanthophlebium and D. transparens, both from Mr Sherratt, gardener to James Bateman, Esq., Biddulph Grange, Congleton.

Messrs Standish etc Co., Bagshot, received a first-class certificate for Struthiopteris Orientalis, a very handsome half-hardy Japanese Fern, of bold and vigorous growth. Messrs Veitch & Sons also exhibited that lovely creeping basket Fern, Davalia hemiptera, obtained by them from Borneo some time since, and which had already been awarded a first-class certificate.

Messrs Standish & Co. also exhibited some promising and handsome seedling Rhododendrons, one of which, named Madlle. Christine Nillsson, white, the upper petals spotted with reddish brown, was very attractive; also a free-growing Acer, named Japonicum variegatum, thought to be one of the platanoides section, the leaves fringed, and blotched with white, but which was requested to be shown again; and two new double-flowering Pelargoniums - viz., Marie Lemoine, bright rose, and Wilhelm Pfitzer, brilliant scarlet, the flowers large and full.

Croton Wrigleyanum variegatum, a sport from Croton variegatum, was exhibited by Mr John Shaw, Manchester. The leaves have a central flame of cream, and bear a strong resemblance to one of Messrs Veitch & Sons' new kinds. As the plants were small, it was requested to be sent again. Both Messrs Veitch & Sons, as well as Mr Bull, have exhibited plants of Achyranthes (Iresine) acuminatus, evidently a sport from Herbstii, but with leaves more acuminate. It differs only in the form of the leaf, and there was observed on the part of a few leaves a tendency to revert to the old sharply-rounded form.

A small-growing but handsome Palm, named Geonoma zamorensis, from Mr W. Bull, received a first-class certificate - it promises to be a valuable decorative plant; and the same award was made to Podocar-pus Mika variegata, a plant that is said to thrive in almost every garden in Japan, but a greenhouse plant in this country.

From Mr C. Noble, Bagshot, came a group of early-flowering Clematises adapted for spring blooming, and raised from a cross between C. Standishi and C. Fortunei, growing as nice blooming bushes in pots. First-class certificates were awarded to Albert Victor, delicate mauve, the flowers large, stout, and circular; and to Miss Bateman, a kind of silver-tinted flower, of very fine quality. There were several others, but in a state of immature development, and it was requested they should be seen again.

A first-class certificate was also awarded to Messrs Veitch & Sons for Primula cortusoides amoena lilacina, which was remarkable for its flatly-expanded, neatly-fringed segments, and soft pale lilac colour, the back of the flowers being of a deeper hue: it was a capital addition to these charming flowers. The same award was made to Mr Watson, Hammersmith, for a fine white early-forcing Pink, very pure in colour, the flowers large and full. It was named Alba multiflora. Mr C. Turner, of Slough, received the same award for Azalea Madame Van-der Cruyssen, of a deep rosy pink hue, the flowers large and bold and freely produced, but somewhat rough on the edges. As the habit was extremely good, it promises to make a fine and telling exhibition flower. Mr Turner also received first-class certificates for two fine and bold alpine Auriculas named Brunette and Constellation, both having fine maroon crimson edges, the paste bright yellow. The same award was made to Mr J. Butcher, Camberwell, for Auricula Mrs Butcher, a fine grey-edged variety, of excellent properties.

A most interesting sport from Coleus Blumei was shown by Messrs Downie, Laird, & Laing, which, if it should prove robust, promises to become the progenitor of a new race of these valuable decorative plants. The leaves were of a pale whitish-green hue, and had the dark marking peculiar to this species, but this was margined with bright carmine-red, something like the zone of a white-edged variegated Zonal Pelargonium. It is to be hoped that this remarkable sport may be preserved.

R. D.