What the month of July furnished in the way of new plants would be found at Manchester on the occasion of the great exhibition of the Royal Horticultural Society. The great majority of these were not shown for the first time, but some were seen that had not appeared in public before. New British Ferns were largely represented, and many first-class certificates were given. The chief of these were taken by two of the foremost private cultivators of the day - viz., J. E. Mapplebeck, Esq., Moseley, Birmingham, and E. J. Lowe, Esq., Highfield House, Birmingham.

The following new varieties of British Ferns received certificates: From Messrs Stansfield & Son, Todmorden: Polypodium vulgare elegantissimum, apparently the same as Cornubiense and Whitei, a remarkable Davallia-like specimen. Lastrea montana crispa, Blech-num Spicant projectum furcans, and lancifolium anomalum, Athyrium Filix-fiemina Shawi, and Athyrium F.-f. Stansfieldii, first-class; and Athyrium F.-f. Staleyi, second-class. From J. E. Mapplebeck, Esq.: Asplenium marinum ramosum Claphami; A. trichomanes incisum Clap-hami; Athyrium amoenum, Craigii, eulophos, Mapplebeckii, furcillans; Blechnum Spicant Mapplebeckii, a charming cristate form; Polypodium vulgare semilacerum robustum; Scolopendrium vulgare hemionitoides, crispum latum multifidum, and semipinnatum, first-class; Scolopendrium vulgare Gloveri, spirale nanum, and perafero cornutum, Polypodium vulgare kraspedomenon, and Lastrea Felix-mas foliosa, second-class. From E. J. Lowe, Esq.: Scolopendrium Victorias, cuticulare, rugosum Bellairsias, tridentiferium optandum, poluk-lonon, thusanasson, gloriosum, marginato-undulatum and decorum; Asplenium marinum capitatum and imbricatum, Polystichum angulare lineare laxum, coronare, oxyphyllum Elworthii, and laudatum, Athyrium F.-f. Fraseri, amoenum, Hookeri, and Edwardsii, all first-class.

W. B. S. Williams, Holloway, London, received first-class certificates for Cibotium Schiedei furcans, having most of the divisions of the frond forked; and for Todea intermedia, a name indicative of its appearance, which is exactly intermediate between that of T. hymeno-phylloides (pellucida), and T. superba, - sufficiently so, says the Gardeners' Chronicle, "to suggest the idea that botanically these plants may form but one species. The plant had been imported amongst others from New Zealand. It has the stalked fronds of T. hymenophylloides, while the lamina, instead of being plane, is frilled after the manner of T. superba, though in a less degree." In a group of fine-foliaged plants Mr Williams also exhibited a remarkable form of Cordyline indivisa, having unusually broad leaves and a particularly noble and elegant appearance. It was subsequently awarded a first-class certificate under the name of C. indivisa latifolia. A similar award was made to Messrs Barron & Son, Borrowash Nurseries, Derby, for Abies Douglassi acutifolia, with a very distinct character.

On the occasion of these great shows, it is the custom of the Council to delegate to the Floral Committee the power of recommending specimen plants, evidencing meritorious culture, for special certificates, or the higher award of silver medals. On this occasion silver medals were awarded to Mr W. E. Dixon, Norwood nursery, Beverley, for a splendid mass of Ansectochilus Lowii. To Mrs E. Cole & Sons, Withington, Manchester, for Ixora Colei, a new white variety, of which a good specimen was shown in fine flower; and to a noble mass of Alocassia Jenningsii, from Mr Stevenson, Lark Hill, Timperley.

There was the usual abundance of new florists' flowers, though but few of them were of first-class excellence. A first-class certificate was awarded to Messrs Downie, Laird, & Laing for gold and bronze Pelargonium, Imperatrice Eugenie, a finely-marked variety of robust habit, having a strongly-marked reddish chocolate zone on a golden leaf-ground. Mr Charles Turner, Slough, received first-class certificates for Picotees Admiration and Miss Turner, the former a heavy rosy-purple edged flower of the finest quality and fullest substance, the petals large and stout, and regularly marked; the latter a medium light rose-edged flower, full and finely marked. Mr C. J. Perry, The Cedars, Castle Bromwich, Birmingham, who contributed some splendid cut Verbenas, received first-class certificates for the following: - Rising Sun, glowing salmon-red, with small white eye surrounded by a rich deep maroon ring; and Butterfly, warm flesh-colour, with a striking crimson ring round a pale eye.

The termination of the large shows leaves only the bi-monthly meetings of the Royal Horticultural Society as the occasions when new plants can be produced. At the meeting on August 3d, first-class certificates were awarded to two subjects in a group of very interesting plants staged by Mr Green, gardener to W. Wilson Saunders, Esq., Reigate - viz., Trichotosia ferox, and a Dieffenbachia species from Brazil. "The former was perhaps the most interesting subject shown at the meeting, the whole of the stem and leaves, which are of a dark-green colour, being covered with stiff brown hairs; while the flowers, which are small, and of a pale violet or brownish colour, with a streak of orange down the lip, are produced in longish, pendulous, zigzag spikes, which give to the plant a very graceful appearance." The Dieffenbachia had large dark-green leaves, and is distinct in character. Mr Pilcher, gardener to S. Rucker, Esq., Wandsworth, received a first-class certificate for a very fine specimen of Hsemanthus cinnabarinus, having a large and showy umbel of orange-coloured flowers.

Calamus intermedins, a very graceful Palm, with feathery foliage, received a first-class certificate: and a species of Odontoglossum, named Schlie-perianum, with large pale-greenish yellow flowers, received a second-class certificate. Both of these came from Mr William Bull, Chelsea, London. A first-class certificate was awarded to Mr T. Howlett, of Oxford, for Athyrium Eilix-fasmina Kallothria, a remarkably fine variety of the Lady Fern, and so delicate in the pinnules as to resemble a Todea.

Eirst-class certificates were awarded to Mr William Chater, Saffron Walden, for the following Hollyhocks: Constance, pale flesh; Wal-den Queen, pale rose; Carus Chater, dark crimson; Leah, tinted yellow; and Juno, flesh-coloured, tinted with blush. Mr C. J. Perry received first-class certificates for the following Verbenas: R. H. Ver-tegans, bright purple, with large dark centre; Rev. J. Dix, pale flesh-colour, with dark rose eye; Thomas Hyatt, a dark magenta Self; and Joseph Sanders, rich deep scarlet, with lemon eye. Messrs Bell & Thorpe, Stratford-on-Avon, received a first-class certificate for variegated zonal Pelargonium Macbeth, a finely-marked variety with a good golden leaf-margin; also for Petunia Beauty, a single variety, with flowers of a pale lilac ground-colour, with purple throat and veins, and of fine texture. Mr H. Tirebuck, Luton, received the same award for a dark pink bedding Pelargonium, named Gustave de Rothschild; habit dwarf, and very promising as a bedder. Also to Mr Eckford, gardener to Earl Radnor, Coleshill, Berks, for zonal Pelargonium Coleshill, a bright scarlet-flowering variety of fine quality.

Mr George Smith, Tollington Nursery, Hornsey, also received first-class certificates for two handsome nosegay Pelargoniums, named Claudius and Soleil, the former in the way of Amy Hogg, but with immense trusses of flowers; the latter having bold and showy trusses of bright scarlet flowers. The same award was made to a handsome nosegay named Sydney Dunstan, with large trusses of brilliant scarlet flowers. This was exhibited by Mr J. George, gardener to Miss Nicholson, Putney Heath, who was also the raiser of the two varieties exhibited by Mr George Smith. R. D.