In a paper of this kind it is impossible to particularise details of such an extensive place as this. I would just observe that the same taste and skill that made Archerfield famous in every department of horticulture, bid fair, aided by a liberal employer and greater natural advantages, to achieve even greater results at Drumlanrig; and the horticultural tourist who leaves Scotland without visiting it, may well consider his journey incomplete. Drumlanrig will in future be the premier place in Scotland.

If anything struck us more than another in the bedding way, it was the parterre known as the "Upper White Sand." The arrangements here were chaste and effective in the extreme; even the accustomed eye of a gardener never wearied of the picture. What lent character and effect was a well-arranged central bed of succulents, consisting of Echeveria metallica secunda glauca, Sempervivums, and others; and in the outlying circles, rings of Dell's dark Beet in conjunction with Mangle's variegated Geranium and other light contrasts. Those who have been declaiming against Beet as a bedding-plant lately, should have seen this picture to appreciate its merits and allay their prejudices.

Mr Thomson has used extensively this season a new purple seedling Verbena of his own raising, that, in our opinion, is likely to replace that old favourite of gardeners, Purple King. This seedling is evidently the progeny of Purple King, for it inherits all the latter's good qualities, with these additional advantages; it is a better bloomer, has a larger flower, a more vigorous constitution, and is much more effective at a distance than Purple King. It was planted out side by side with Purple King in various situations, and its superiority was very noticeable. It will prove a good companion to Crimson King, by the same raiser, and we hope Mr Thomson will send it out at an early date.

Early and late frosts are the great drawback at Drumlanrig. They linger in the valley of the Nith till the beginning of June, and the fine display of bedding plants is liable to be cut up any time after the end of August. A destructive frost occurred here in the middle of May last, that completely destroyed all the young growths of the deciduous trees. The fine Beech-trees, which are a feature of the pleasure-grounds and parks around the Castle, had all made a second growth, and the withered remains of the earlier shoots were still adhering to the trees at the time of our visit.

Having Archerfield in our mind's eye, we naturally looked for something in the way of fruit culture; nor were we disappointed. A range of forcing and plant houses is being erected on the site of the old houses at the kitchen-garden, which, for design and finish, surpass anything we have seen for a long while. Two new vineries, each about 50 feet long and 20 feet wide, were completed and planted last year. The supernumeraries were bearing heavy crops - fine in bunch and berry. Black Hamburgs were finer on year-old rods than anything we saw at the Glasgow Centenary Exhibition. The Golden Champion was fine and without blemish, grafted on the Muscat of Alexandria. From what we saw here and elsewhere, we have come to the conclusion that this is decidedly the best stock for it. It does not spot, as it is apt to do when planted on its own roots, or grafted upon the Hamburg.

The rods of the young permanent Vines were, without the least exaggeration, simply marvellous - more like rake-shafts than anything we could think of; the wood short-jointed, firm, brown, and promising to finish like a Hazel rod - certainly the finest samples of growth it has been our lot to see. Judging from the crops on the "extras" here, and in the other houses temporarily planted with Vines, and other indications, the Champion of the North will have to look to his laurels by-and-by. Drumlanrig is a red-sandstone district, and the soil of the Vine-borders looked very red and sandy, and reminded us a good deal of the soil about Blakeford Hall, in Staffordshire, where Mr Bannerman has long produced such fine Grapes, and other good Grape-growing districts in England.

The Pine-stoves were only in progress at the time of our visit - large and commodious structures. In consequence of the re-erections and alterations going on, the Pines, during the greater part of the season, had been somewhat indifferently accommodated in back-pits and other places. Mr Thomson had also to begin with samples rather different from what he left at Archerfield. Nevertheless the batches of fruit swelling off in anticipation of the arrival of the ducal establishment late in the season, were all that could be desired, though hardly up yet to what might be called the Archerfield mark. The succession stock, however, in which we generally look for indications of progress, were grand, such as delight the Pine-grower's eye - broad, sturdy fellows, consisting of Queens, Smooths, Charlotte Rothschilds, etc, most of them in 10-inch pots, and destined to finish their career in the fine light houses in the front range.

Melons were ripening off in span-roofed houses by the hundredweight, also enormous quantities of Figs on very systematically-trained trees. A whole house is devoted to Passinora edulis, which was carrying a great crop. The collections of stove-plants and Orchids were varied and select, and not long transferred to their new quarters. The greenhouses had not been completed, but were in progress. The low walls round the square, we noticed, were covered in many places with Clematis Jackmanii, presenting a perfect sheet of purple. Horticulturists will be for ever indebted to the raiser of this truly magnificent creeper, which stands the severest winters, and seems to grow in any situation. Mr Thomson recommends close pruning and high culture to get a good and long-sustained display.

Leaving Drumlanrig highly gratified with our visit, we found ourselves on the 10th of August in Glasgow; and in company with an old friend from the far north we visited the Scott Centenary Horticultural Exhibition at the Botanical Gardens. This show, so far as arrangements were concerned, was a step in advance of anything that has been attempted in Scotland yet, and in this respect reflected great credit upon its originators and promoters. The most attractive feature of the show was a large and remarkably clean and healthy collection of plants from Messrs Thyne's nursery, but which, for some reason or other, had only received a second prize - a decision which excited a good deal of criticism among professionals and others. The first-prize lot included some nice Tree-Ferns and Palms, but was a thinly-arranged group, and was not improved by some fantastically-cut specimens of Yews which it included.

It seems some of the fruit had been removed the first day of the show; of what remained, the Muscat Grapes from Glamis, and the Pines from Lord Carrington's, were the only samples worthy of particular notice. J. S. W.

(To be continued).