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Sow bone-meal in your lawn in spring, by which means the grass will be nourished, and it will gain ascendancy over the moss. You might rake some of the moss out with a sharp-toothed rake, and sprinkle some rich light soil over it as well.
Hellebore powder, applied through a dredger or gauze bag, will destroy the caterpillars without destroying the foliage; or a solution of it may be applied with a syringe or water-pot.
We cannot afford time to puzzle over scraps of plants sent in a letter and smashed under the postman's stamp.
Two of the best Ferns for baskets are Adiantum cuneatum and Pteris scaberula, but you are rather late to make baskets of these this season in the way you propose, unless you have a stock of young plants in small pots. Both Ferns named do well in light loam and leaf-mould - about a third of the latter to two-thirds of the former.
You are keeping your Pines far too moist. Give more air and less water, and do not shade.
The undergrowth plant on the stove-shelves is Fittonia argyoneura, and the apron was of Panicum variegatum. There is no soil mixed with the gravel, but a little weak guano-water is applied occasionally; and both plants are planted as cuttings, where they grow, every March.
This beautiful early spring-flowering saxifrage belongs to the oppositifolia section of the genus. It is the largest-flowered species of that section, and one of the most attractive of spring flowers.