The Strawberry is such a universal favourite among all classes of the community, that anything bearing upon its culture will always receive a certain amount of attention. The present season has proved itself one of the most disastrous on record for almost every kind of crop, and has been particularly so in the case of the Strawberry crop. The plants flowered most profusely, and the early prospects of a good return never were better. But alas! from the time they began to bloom, the rain came down with unpitying severity, and continued daily, almost without intermission, so that only a small proportion of the earlier kinds set their fruit, and even many of those that did swell rotted off in a green state, through being continuously soaked with rain. Altogether there was not half a crop, and in many places not even that. One market grower of our acquaintance informs us that he estimates his loss on this crop alone at 200. Some of the latest kinds gave pretty fair returns, notably so with us in the case of Dr Livingstone and Elton Pine. A few notes on the kinds grown here may be of some little interest to a portion of your readers.

The soil here is moderately heavy, and our elevation is about 300 feet above sea-level.

The old standard variety, Keen's Seedling, in ordinary seasons succeeds well here, crops largely, and swells to a good size; this season, being among the earlier flowering kinds, it produced little or nothing, and that of small size. President does not do well on some soils, and here it does not crop well, if the ground be very rich, so that we generally plant on poorer soil and get good crops; this season it did pretty well, as compared to many other kinds, and the fruit swelled to a fair size. Vicomtesse Hericart de Thury (Garibaldi) is a fair cropper here, though the fruit does not swell to such a size as we have seen it elsewhere; we always grow a lot of it to obtain runners for forcing; this season it was much below the average, even as compared with the other kinds. Belle de Paris: this is an abundant cropper here; I have never seen it grown anywhere else, at least under this name; the fruit is not large, is of conical shape, and dark in colour; it is evidently closely allied to, if not identical with, Black Prince; it is a good variety for the preserving-pan, for which purpose we mean to grow a quantity.

James Veitch gets a great name, and may be worthy of it, but I cannot speak favourably, from my experience of it, as it refuses to grow here at all; I have tried it for two years, and it has died almost outright. Aromatic is a very nice fruit, of good flavour, but like the last, does not thrive here, and I have never seen it elsewhere. Dr Hogg: this variety has produced some nice fruit, but I cannot regard it as a good cropper here; this season it has done nothing. Rifleman: this is generally an excellent cropper, but has the fault of not colouring well to the tips of the fruit, which deteriorates from its qualities as a table fruit; it has done fairly well this season. Duke of Edinburgh: this variety is bound to take a leading position among Strawberries; its large handsome fruit and good constitution will commend it to most growers; the flavour is not all that could be desired; but it is a heavy cropper, and has done fairly well this season. Dr Livingstone: I cannot speak too highly of this variety; the fruit is almost as large as "The Duke," but of better flavour, while it has proved the best cropper I have had for the last two years. British Queen is still one of the best-flavoured Strawberries, but it does not thrive very well here, so we do not grow much of it.

Elton Pine is indispensable as a late variety; it is an enormous cropper here, and has been one of the best this season. Sir Joseph Paxton and Sir Charles Napier we have just introduced this season, so I cannot speak decidedly about them; they promise well however. We still grow a quantity of Grove End Scarlet for preserving; this season it has grown too much to leaves. Strawberries are so much like Potatoes in this respect, that it is an advantage to have a change of plants occasionally; and most growers err in planting too closely. Strawberries like plenty of room in which to develop themselves. They should never be planted closer than 30 or 33 inches between rows, and 21 inches between plants: this admits of getting them cleaned better, and allows of the air getting more freely about them, as also of getting them bedded when the fruit is on them; and a much larger crop will result from this than by the old method of close planting, as well as getting the fruit of superior quality. J.G. W.