With the accumulating spring shows, these are now appearing somewhat numerously. As is usual at this season of the year, Orchids form a large proportion of the new introductions, which will be seen from the following list, all of which have received first-class certificates: Odonto-glossum triumphans nigrescens, a heavily-marked form of this species; 0. Hallii superbum, a very fine spike of which was exhibited; and a splendid form of 0. Alexandra - all from Mr Wilson, gardener to William Marshall, Esq., Enfield. Mr Wilson staged three forms of 0. Alexandrae, in ascending scales of quality, and quite distinct, though of the same species. The one to which the certificate was awarded had flowers nearly as large again as is usually seen; the spots also were much larger and more dense. Dendrobium cucullatum giganteum, very fine; D. thrysiflorum, a handsome new species with white petals and a rich lemon lip; the small but pretty purple-tinted Vanda ccerulescens; and a white form of Laelia Pilcheri, named Alba, from Messrs Veitch & Sons; Angraecum Ellisii, a recent introduction from Madagascar, producing small waxy-like flowers, from Mr B. S. Williams; and Ophyrs insectifera, belonging to the half-hardy division of these elegant ground Orchids, and introduced from the Pyrenees - this came from Mr Neale, gardener to H.R.H. the Comte de Paris, Twickenham. So far new Orchids may be said to have been well represented.

In the way of ornamental-foliaged plants, the same award was made to two very handsome and graceful Palms - viz., Thrinax elegans and Daemonoops plumosus, the first from Mr William Bull, the second from Mr Green, gardener to W. Wilson Saunders, Esq., who also had a good-looking succulent named Agave cuspidata, quite distinct in form, to which a similar award was made; as also to Encephalartos mira-bilis, an African species, also from Mr W. Bull; to Dracaena Guilfoylei, having a habit similar to D. indivisa, the leaves having a stripe or band of green along the centre, and an edging of blush and rose; to a capital hybrid Solanum, of compact growth, and in consequence named compactum, and bearing a good quantity of bright-coloured berries - both from Mr B. S. Williams; and to Echeveria agavoides, having the appearance of a small and compact-growing Agave, from Mr Perkins, nurseryman, Leamington.

In the way of hardy ornamental plants, Messrs J. Waterer & Sons, Bagshot, received first-class certificates for Retinospora obtusa erecta, a handsome, close-growing, neat-habited form, and for Cupressus Law-soniana aurea, a deep golden variegated form of considerable merit; Mr B. S. Williams for Peristrophe angustifolia aurea variegata, a dwarf-growing, wiry-habited plant, that promises well as a bedder if sufficiently hardy - a native of the mountains of Java; and to Mr William Paul, for a handsome golden-leaved Euonymus, named flavescens.

Of new florists' flowers, Mr C. Turner, Slough, received first-class certificates for a beautiful blush-coloured hybrid perpetual Rose named Marquise de Mortemart, for Azalea Mrs Turner, with large pinkish salmon-coloured flowers, margined with white, and spotted with crimson-purple on the upper segments, and to a striped semi-double Primula Sinensis, having rose-stripes on a white ground; Messrs W. Cutbush & Sons, Highgate, for Azalea Francois de Vos, a bright crimson-coloured free-blooming variety that forces remarkably well; Messrs A. Paul & Sons, Cheshunt, for a new hybrid perpetual Rose named Madlle. Eugenie Verdier, with full, pale-blush pink flowers; Messrs Rollisson & Sons, for Epacris hyacinthiflora carminata, well coloured, compact in growth, and free-blooming; Mr Edmonds, Hayes, for a splendid large-flowering Cyclamen Persicum, named giganteum, with large, rich, rosy-purple flowers of uncommon size; and to Messrs Veitch & Sons for a dwarf-growing, free-blooming hybrid Rhododendron, named multi-florum, with flesh-coloured flowers, that appears to force well. The new Abyssinian Primrose, Primula Contii, recently exhibited by Messrs Veitch & Sons, is a plant both curious and interesting.

It has a singular appearance, the foliage having that powdered look common to some of the show Auriculas, and it produces pale-yellow flowers in two tiers of corymbs, the growth being about 18 inches in height. Its great use will be for the purpose of hybridising, and a remarkable progeny may be looked for when crossed with other species of the same genus. R. D.