I have been much struck with the wonderful wealth of flower this weed has manifested in several parts of the country during the prevalence of the drought. Very pretty, indeed, it has looked, and still does look - a perfect carpet of gay flowers. Yet it is a tenant of one's garden the owner would like to get quit of as speedily as possible. Where plenty of time cannot be afforded to dig out its roots, the Dutch hoe is the grand remedy; as, if the shoots are kept constantly cut, by the time they grow 3 or 4 inches above the soil, the great milky-white roots will be forced to yield up their life in despair, though if left alone, half an inch of their roots would ere long make the progress of a garden.

Of all weeds this is perhaps one of the worst: in some places it flourishes so well as to overcome all efforts to get rid of it, especially when it is allowed to grow fast and strong ere an attempt be made to dislodge it. The most economical mode of extirpating it is not to trouble greatly with the large white roots when digging, but to have a man on purpose, and tell him whatever else he does a shoot of the Bind-weed is never to be seen more than 3 inches in length. Sometimes, after to all appearance it has been quite got rid off in a certain spot, it will after a few years come back again as vigorous as ever. I remember two cases which came under my own knowledge some years ago. There were two small pieces of ground quite overrun by it. One piece was kept well hoed, and was planted only with some Lettuces, etc, and a shoot of the Bind-weed was never allowed to grow more than a few inches in length. When the ground was dug, there was an abundance of roots in the soil. The other piece was, if anything, worse, and the weed was allowed to have its way until it had carpeted the ground with its twisted wreaths. It was then cut with an old scythe, and the crop burned, and a layer of short grass from the lawn a foot deep was placed in it, and allowed to be there till the autumn.

In both of these pieces, when dug up in the autumn, not a root was to be seen. The hoeing, and the cutting and grass-covering, had destroyed the fleshy roots, and for years not a shoot made its appearance. Subsequently some shoots appeared, but they may have found their way there in the dressings applied to the ground. When the Bind-weed infests the garden, the Dutch hoe, used quickly and repeatedly, is the best remedy. Hot short grass laid over the ground long enough will also destroy the roots. Some years ago a lady sent a very fine variety of this climber. The flowers were of the purest white, and very large. It was much admired, but the roots got possession of the soil, and the position in which it was planted makes it very difficult indeed to get rid of it.

The lesser Bind-weed has also bloomed most profusely, especially on the slopes of railway cuttings, and similarly dry and exposed positions. R. S. A.