Since Echeveria metallica came to be generally known, together with, those very useful dwarf-growing forms, E. secunda and E. secunda glauca, several more have been obtained, either by introduction or from seed obtained by crossing some of the other kinds. Like the progeny of many other plants, seedlings raised from seed of E. metallica show a tendency to come varied in character, and some handsome new types have been obtained, both from seed of the well-known species and as the result of crossing it with others. Foremost in the work of hybridising has been Mr Robert Parker, of the Exotic Nursery, Tooting, who has been most successful in obtaining some new forms, quite distinct in character, and of these the following have received first-class certificates: E. glauco-metallica, E. grandiflora, and E. secunda glauco-major. Equally successful has Mr Parker been with the Sempervivums, and of these the following have received first-class certificates: S. canariense, S. cuneatum, S. calcaratum, S. urticans, and S. glaucum.

The same award was made to Mr Parker for a capital form of Saxifraga longifolia named Vera.

Double-flowering Pelargoniums are rapidly on the increase - would it were possible that distinctness kept pace with the multiplication of numbers! First-class certificates have recently been awarded to William Pfitzer, deep scarlet; Victor Lemoine, glowing crimson, the florets broad and stout; Marie Lemoine, a pleasing soft pink flower. These show an advance in point of habit also; what we want is compact bushy habits, not a tall lanky style of growth. As the foregoing have been widely distributed, they are now being exhibited by all cultivators.

Of Bedding Pelargoniums, Mr George Smith of Islington, whose name is so worthily associated with the improvement of the Nosegay Pelargoniums, has received a first-class certificate for Mr Gladstone, a fine crimson-flowered variety, with huge trusses of bloom • Mr J. George of Putney, for Harry George, a very fine variety, with bold trusses of deep orange rose-coloured flowers, a good exhibition kind: and to Messrs Downie, Laird, & Laing for Empress Eugenie, one of their fine gold and bronze varieties.

A first-class certificate has been awarded to Mr William Paul for Hybrid Perpetual Rose, Princess Christian, a very delicate pink flower of almost perfect outline, but when exhausted shows a want of substance in the centre. It is a fitting companion to La France, Baroness de Rothschild, Miss Ingram, and Madam Noman, all of a similar shade of colour.

Lobelia Mauve Queen, shown by Mr Appleby of Brixton, was also awarded a first-class certificate. It has good-sized pale rosy-lilac coloured flowers, of excellent dwarf habit, and to all appearance a continuous bloomer. It is a capital addition to these charming rose-coloured bedding Lobelias. Another thoroughly good thing was Perpetual Picotee, Prince of Orange, shown by Mr Perkins of Leamington, and awarded a first-class certificate. It has pale yellow flowers, of good size and substance, heavily edged with bright red, and will be of srreat service both for house decoration and to cut from.

A grand new imported Cypripedium, named Parishi, recently imported by Messrs Veitch & Son, has received a first-class certificate. It is quite distinct in character, and may be said to have the sepals of C. laBvio-atum and the labellum of C. Hookeri. The same award was made to Mr Bull for a very fine form of Miltonia Regnelli named purpurea; the same award to Mr Green, gardener to W. Wilson Saunders, Esq., for Catasema, species nova; and to Brassavola lineata, a white flowering species much fancied by Orchid-growers. Mr Edwards of Nuttall received a first-class certificate for Pteris serrulata cristata magnifica, a large growing crested form of this useful decorative Fern. Mr C. J. Perry of Birmingham has received first-class certificates for Verbenas, J. Lawdon, Kate Lawdon, and J. Sanders. As I am just about to inspect at Birmingham Mr Perry's new lot of seedling Verbenas, I will defer any description of these till I can place them before your readers as a whole.

Mr C. Noble, Bagshot, has been exhibiting his fine new red Spiraea palmata of late. It still maintains its reputation, and cannot fail to please all who may become purchasers of it, though it is somewhat doubtful if it will force well.

The Fruit Committee have just awarded Messrs James Carter & Co. and Messrs Hurst & Son a first-class certificate for Laxton's Alpha Pea, a very early blue variety, having a half-wrinkled character, and said to be as early as Sangster's No. 1. It is one of a very fine lot raised by Mr Thomas Laxton of Stamford, the entire stock of which has passed into the hands of the well-known firms named above. There are several points about these Peas worthy of a more extended notice, and I hope to devote a paper to them ere long. As an early variety, Alpha must stand Al at the present time. It. D.