Single variegated Sweet Alyssum is not a nov-elty, but this year I am indebted to Mr. John Goode for a double variegated, appropriately named the Gem. Seeing it advertised in the Horticulturist, I sent for one, and one terribly bitter, stormy evening it was brought me from the office, safely cradled in a pasteboard tube, with wrappings of cotton and moss. The little darling was a beauty, with its pure, waxen buds and blossoms in a setting of delicate emerald and white; just as pert as though it were fresh from the greenhouse, instead of having taken a journey of nearly three thousand miles, and through a snow storm, too.