A neighbouring gardener recently called my attention to the state of the plants in his greenhouse, which, on looking at them, I found to be in a most deplorable condition, presenting a sight that might reasonably produce heartache in any man who possessed any horticultural tastes; and yet, in the early part of the winter, this same house (a new one too) was filled with a capital lot of greenhouse plants of various kinds, including a quantity of bedding plants, the whole of which looked at that time as nice and healthy as could possibly be desired. What, then, was the cause of the change ? Certainly not negligence, for there had been no lack of attention. It was indeed at the first a puzzle to the gardener, as well as to his employer; but the reason of it was shortly discovered. Previous to the winter the hot-water pipes in the house had been coated over with a patent solution, nearly black in colour, that appears to be a good preservative of wood, and into the composition of which creosote enters largely. This compound, however, proved most destructive to plant-life; for as soon as the water in the pipes was heated, the noxious ingredients contained in the compound were given forth with the most deplorable results.

Perhaps the mention of this incident may prove a not unnecessary caution. A. D.