Arches and arcades are graceful, because natural, forms, quas Natura sua sponte suggenit, as we read in our Oxford Logic, in which to grow varieties of the Rose having long, lissom, drooping branches. All the Climbing Roses selected in the preceding chapter, except the Banksiau, which must have a wall, are admirable for the purpose - the Ayrshire and Sempervirens being the first to fulfil their mission, covering the framework in two or three summers with their white clustering Roses and deep - green glossy leaves. Of the Noisettes, Gloire de Dijon, Marechal Mel, and Solfaterre, are sure successes; Cloth-of-Gold and Lamarque doubtful. M. Niel is specially adapted for this form of Rose-growing, from the pendulous habit of its glorious golden blooms. Walking beneath, you are privileged to see them with all their charms displayed; and never yet was arch of triumph reared to compare with this in beauty. All the summer Roses which I have selected for pillars, omitting Paul Ricaut, are equally to be commended for arches also, and soon meet each other upon them when generously and judiciously treated.

To the latter I would add Triomphe de Bayeux, Hybrid China, a variety of remarkable vigour, with delicate flowers, resembling those of a Tea-scented Rose, and invaluable in the bud for bouquets and button-holes.

Where windows and walls are otherwise inaccessible, a long spider-broom, in the hands of an experienced housemaid, is a most efficacious weapon, and some of us can remember how, in our younger days, we watched its aggressive evolutions with gladness and approbation; but who would think of cutting it in twain, and of staking the upper half in his Rose-garden? Yet have I seen objects suggestive of such an operation in those very TALL STANDARDS which are still to be found in some collections, but which,were I Czar and Autocrat of all the Roses, would soon find themselves, like other foolish Poles, in exile. Their appearance is unhappy; there is no congruity between stock and scion, no union between horse and rider - an exposition, on the contrary, of mutual discomfort, as though the monkey were to mount the giraffe. The proprietors, it would seem, have been misled by an impression that the vigour of the Briar would be imparted to the Rose, whereas the superabundance of sap has been fatal. Food, continuous and compulsory, which it could not assimilate or digest, has induced a sickly surfeit; and the wretched Rose is stupefied, and looks so, with a determination of blood to the head.

Are we then to discard entirely those standard trees described to us in the catalogues as "extra tall"? Is Briareus the giant to be again buried beneath Mount Etna - i.e., the rubbish -heap? Certainly not. He may do us good service, kindly treated, and be made to look most imposing in our gardens, holding a fair bouquet of Roses in each of his hundred hands. I mean that the vigorous Briars, from 6 to 8 feet in height, may be converted into WEEPING ROSE-TREES, which, properly trained, are very beautiful. Buds of the Ayrshire and Evergreen Roses, of Amadis and Gracilis, Boursaults or of Blairii 2, Hybrid China, should be inserted, in three or four laterals, at the top of such standards as have been selected for their health as well as their height. Closely pruned the following spring, they may be transplanted from the nursery, or from the private budding-ground, in the autumn, and the removal must be effected with every possible care and attention. I would advise that these tall specimens be moved somewhat earlier than the usual time for transplanting, so that, when firmly secured in their place, and freely watered, they may be induced to make roots, and gain some hold of the ground before the winter begins.

A strong iron stake, set side by side with the stem, and surrounding it just below the junction of the buds with a semi-globular framework, the whole apparatus resembling a parasol with a quadruple allowance of stick, will be the best support for the tree (fixed deeply in the ground, of course, as directed for the Pillar Roses), and will enable the amateur to dispose the branches at regular intervals, so that they will finally form a fair dome of Roses - such a floral fountain as may have played in the fancy of our Laureate, when he wrote "The white Rose weeps, she is late".

And now we have passed through the Rose-clad walls - through the Rose-wreathed colonnades and courts of the outer palace - into the anteroom of that presence-chamber where we shall see, in brilliant assemblage, the beauty and the chivalry of the Queen of Flowers. We will pause awhile that we may arrange simultaneously our nerves and our court costume, the former troubled by a horrible suspicion that every eye is gazing derisively upon our black silk legs; and then let us enter to make, if that abominable sword permit, our loyal and devout obeisance. S. Reynolds Hole.