The recent dull weather has been rather trying on both gardeners and florists, and whether flowers were grown for pleasure or profit, it was hard in either case to get anything like a satisfactory return for outlay. The effect of the dull weather on orchids coming into bloom was anything but cheering. I had some plants of dendrobium and cattleyas coming into flower, and the buds either turned yellow and died, or else opened very imperfectly, and wanting in color. The cause I attributed to the dull, foggy weather. Plants of the same varieties coming into flower early in the season, when we had more sunshine, were well flowered and perfect in color. Perhaps some of the orchid growing fraternity will be able to throw some light on the subject, and give their experiences; as experience is the best teacher in all things connected with the gardener's art.

Pottsville, Pa.