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A handsome yellow-flowered species, about 15 inches high.
Another beautiful yellow-flowered species, perhaps the best of its colour, and a very compact grower.
A compact-growing species, with bright-blue flowers, height about 18 inches.
A remarkable species, with viscous downy foliage, and large handsome rosy-purple flowers.
A very beautiful and distinct species, with broader and very much more hairy leaves than the lovely and better-known L. prostratum. The flowers are large, brilliant deep-blue, produced on stems 6 inches long, enduring for a couple of months in summer. .
Many thanks. Be as practical as the subject will permit.
We suspect that in your dry hot climate your Vines are being starved : see a short article in our present issue on feeding Vines. Give plenty of water, as well as manure, provided your drainage is thoroughly efficient.
Instead of liming your stiff soil now, we would rather do it in spring, spreading it on a rough surface in a hot powdery state, and forking it into the soil.
Give more air and less moisture in every way now. The condition requisite to insure a good bloom in spring is thoroughly matured wood. We think you have over-potted your plants. Study an article in our last issue by the "Squire's Gardener," and act upon its suggestions.
Sion House Improved, Telegraph, and Volunteer, are excellent whiter Cucumbers. Sow about the 12th of August.
The small thread-like worms are not wire-worms. Any application likely to destroy the worms would be apt to injure the Strawberries. You might, however, try the effect of watering with clear lime-water, and apply a dressing of quicklime to the surface, and fork it in between the rows.
As you wish your trees to grow into pyramids, train quite upright the main shoot, shortening back at once to where the wood is well ripened and firm, and shorten back the lateral shoots at the base to six or eight buds.
1, Black Morocco; 2, a Cape Heath, too much withered to name; 3, Nephrolepis pectinata; 4, a Ruscus, but cannot say which from specimen sent; 5, Adiantum trapeziforme; 6, quite shrivelled up - looks like the point of an Aralia.
Cocoa-nut-fibre is not injurious, but the reverse. The rougher portions of it would be a substitute for drainage, but not a lasting one. It is advisable to subject soils in which are the larvae or eggs of insects, such as wire-worm, to a high temperature before using them; aiid in the case of retentive clays, a portion may be burned or charred with advantage. Equal proportions of turfy loam and leaf-mould, with a little sand, will grow the Mimosa.