The value of a good crop of sound floury Potatoes cannot be over-estimated, and yet how few, comparatively, use the means to secure it! Planting the same kinds which our forefathers have grown from time immemorial, and without any change of seed, is called the 'custom of the country,' and an unprofitable custom too, as many have found to their cost. The value of disease-resisting Potatoes has been demonstrated in such a remarkable manner, that we wonder at any lover of the national esculent planting any other. It, however, needs caution in selecting these so-called 'Disease Resisters.' The only Potatoes which can lay claim to practically resisting disease are -------------and-------------, the latter a new introduction this year. Of ------ ------, every one speaks most highly; the yield is prodigious, the quality Al, the waste nil. Indeed, so great is its reputation that other Potatoes sold as -------------have been substituted for the real variety. Those who would have the true stock should go to------direct, as Messrs------do not supply other seedsmen; and send for ------ Illustrated Descriptive Catalogue of Seed Potatoes, which not only contains particulars of all the best kinds in cultivation, but a complete list of those most suitable for early, medium, and late crops.

The Catalogue may be had gratis and post free, on application to-------------".

The Potato here so plausibly recommended by the party who has got it to sell is not disease-proof, is not the best for general cropping, is so very late that in some districts it hardly produces anything but haulms, and is bad to eat, as a rule.

Those manure-tables in the 'Gardeners' Chronicle' are valuable, and it is to be hoped they will be continued till all our artificial manures have been analysed. That these vary considerably in their composition, has been long suspected by cultivators who have used different samples, and the analysis, so far, proves that for general purposes some of those manufactured are inferior to others. To be useful to the cultivator, artificial manures, it would appear, must be prepared for special subjects, or they must be so constituted and balanced as to render them applicable to crops generally. It is evident, however, that compounds of the last description will entail the most waste, as they may contain certain elements that are of no use to some plants, or they may already exist in the soil in sufficient abundance. The subjects cultivated are, however, so numerous, that anything but a generally applicable artificial manure is out of the question, unless it be for such special subjects as Potatoes, Peas, Onions, and the Brassica tribe, etc. Meanwhile it is a good thing to know what the various and highly-puffed artificial manures are made of, and their relative value. Probably they are something like boilers - better and worse kinds.

Certainly some of them are dear - as much as 250 per ton !

If the coloured portrait of the "Rath-Ripe" Peach in the 'Florist' of February be a truthful one - and "both artist and colour-printer" are said "to have acquitted themselves with success" in its production - it must be a marvellously high-coloured variety indeed. In your contemporary, the skin is nearly as bright as a scarlet Geranium, while the term "illuminated" hardly conveys an idea of the splendid tints that encircle the stone of the fruit like a brilliant corona. We would rather credit the description given in the letterpress regarding the qualities of the fruit. It was exhibited last summer, "and created quite a sensation - its very handsome appearance being found to be equalled by its excellent quality." For appearance and flavour it is not to be surpassed, says Mr Bond, who grew and exhibited it. Rath-Ripe is an American Peach, late, and a good bearer. From other sources we have heard that it is a nicely-coloured and good Peach.

That fine group of Hyacinthus candicans, in a contemporary, might easily be mistaken at a first glance for a group of white Foxgloves, which, without underestimating the value of the Hyacinth, are equally fine, equally grand. It is a humiliating admission to make, but we have not the shadow of a doubt that if the Hyacinthus candicans had been a native of our own woods, the Foxglove a native of Africa, and doubtfully hardy in this country, as well as scarce and expensive, their positions would be reversed. It is marvellous the glamour a high price and difficulty of culture throws round a plant in the gardener's eyes ! There is no use disguising the fact. It is extremely doubtful if this fine Hyacinth will prove a hardy and suitable border plant anywhere; but those who want a substitute equally good, equally noble, and quite as lasting, will find it in the Foxglove, and they may have a choice of colours. In the woods, in the poor natural soil, the Foxglove is a conspicuous and noble-looking plant; but in the open, and in an ordinarily rich soil, it is splendid, and has few equals, especially the Gloxiniflora variety; and a few seeds scattered over the ground is all that is needed to establish it.

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