Possibly some of the readers of the 'Gardener' who do not possess a stove or other heated structure in which to grow flowers all the year round, find it at times very difficult to obtain them for the decoration of the dinner-table and other purposes of house ornamentation. To those so situated I would recommend the following flowers and grasses, all of which come under the general head of Everlastings, as suitable for drying, and so capable of being turned to account when fresh flowers may not be obtainable.

Of these the Helichrysums are a most interesting class of plants. They are easily cultivated, and, if the flowers be cut before the disc becomes fully expanded, will retain their colour for upwards of two years. Rhodanthe manglesii and some of its varieties are also well worth growing for the same purpose, but they require a warm situation. Ammobium alatum is another, and, as its generic name indicates, will thrive in a poor sandy soil. Waitzia, or Morna, grandiflora, I may mention, requires the protection of glass, unless in the more southern counties of England, where it may be planted out of doors after the middle of June. The Aphelexis is allied to the Helichrysum; all of them are greenhouse evergreen shrubs, but they are not one and all hardy. The Statices are a numerous class, and so useful that they must be included in this list. Several kinds of Gnaphalium, together with the varieties of Gomphrena globosa, or the Globe amaranth, are more or less pretty, especially the latter, and well deserving more extended cultivation. Humea elegans is not by any means to be despised. When dried, its bronzy-red spikes show to great advantage, when other things of the same character are not so plentiful.

The Xeranthemum is a true Everlasting; the flowers, after being dried, may be, and are, dyed of any colour, and it can be grown from seeds sown in the open border. Accroclinium roseum must also be in this list. Many others might be named, but these are sufficient for the purpose at present.

In the way of grasses, as suitable for use with the above-mentioned, the following will be found to afford much satisfaction to those who have not hitherto grown them, and are not well acquainted with this elegant tribe of plants: Agrostis argentea, A. pulchella, and A. nebu-losa: Briza maxima, and the lesser species, B. gracilis; the graceful and useful Eragrostis elegans; Lajurus ovatus, Stipa piunata, or the common Feather Grass of the seed-shops, a British plant capable of propagation either by root division or by seeds, and will grow in any common soil. The Pampas Grass is also found useful: the elegant and stately inflorescences of this fine grass can be easily preserved, and retained in use for a considerable time.

Such are a few of the more useful of flowers and grasses capable of preservation. Those unaccustomed to their use are scarcely aware of the excellent effect they have when grouped in epergnes and suchlike for the decoration of the dinner-table. "William Chisholm.

Boughtox Place, Maidstone.