Our column of Seasonable Hints differs from other portions of the magazine in this, that it deals only with that which is known and admitted as good practice, - while the whole of the other departments is devoted to progress. We endeavor to find out there that which is new. There we seek to prove all things and to hold fast to that which is good. There we desire to give to every reader something that will make him a more intelligent being, and the more intelligently to deal with that of which he already knows. Seasonable Hints is rather the friend at the elbow; nudging when we may perchance forget, and prompting from behind the scene, when we may falter in our path. Hence there must be always a certain amount of sameness at each monthly period, for the same rules that will give us good beans this year, or help us to brag on the size or beauty of our pansies, are generally the rules that helped us last. This comes of our desire to be a practical helper - for the practical man or the practical magazine is the mere teller of that which has been done. The reformer - the one who thinks things might be better - the "go-a-head" fellow - is all very well in his way; but the staid, sober, steady, "allright" leader, never fails to get warm admirers, and confident following.

If then we should, during the next year, be found repeating, good reader, remember that though the coming summer will not be the summer you had last year, it is the same sun that warms it, and the same south wind that saves chill boreas from blighting the hearts of springtide's flowers. Our Seasonable Hints may not be wholly new, but you will no less welcome them, and we hope to your profit.

Hudson River View from Stonehurst. (See page 3).

Hudson River View from Stonehurst. (See page 3).

Seasonable! This Is January

Our readers along the Gulf of Mexico, Lower California and the seaboard States of the southeast, are already counting their rose buds, and getting ready the sugar and cream for the early strawberries. Those in Labrador or Alaska - though we are not sure the Governor of this newly organized territory has yet sent in his subscription, and the Indians have as yet not learnt the "Boston" language, as they term the English tongue - have hardly ventured out of their ice-built cabins. Seasonable hints are usually confined to local papers not heard of beyond the shout of one hallooing from the top of the village spire. To a constituency so world-wide as ours, hints that are seasonable form the most difficult of our undertakings, yet we have a hope that by getting somewhat in advance of the season for our colder localities, we can in general assist nearly all. It is, for instance, nearly planting time in some parts where these words will reach, . - it is only waiting a little till it is planting time elsewhere. Now what is it people are apt to forget at planting time ? We have perhaps a new house, and a bare piece of ground. If we could only get trees of some size to make a show at once ? Well why not ? Because large trees do not grow, and small ones are best anyhow. This is the general answer.

But large trees do just as well as small ones if they are in good condition and are properly moved, and it is not a costly operation either, - though it was costly in the days when it was thought necessary to carry a huge ball of earth away with the tree. But first as to condition. Trees do not begin to bear seeds freely till they are ten, fifteen or more years old. New any good thrifty tree, full of vital force, can be moved with as much safety as a two or three years old tree. A tree half exhausted by seed bearing, a hide-bound tree, or a tree half sick or half starved, cannot be moved without much risk. Then as to digging, it is Satan tempts us when we think of the ball of earth. Resist him and all his works. If the tree be say three feet round and twenty feet high, commence six feet from the trunk and dig a circle two feet wide, and full two feet deep. When this is done half the cost of the job is done. Then with a digging fork and spade together dig out under the tree, so that it seems to stand on an inverted pyramid. Then with the fork clean out the earth from the upper rim of the circle, - the earth falls to the bottom of the trench, and leaves the roots exposed.

Take the earth out of the hole so as to have a clear field to work in, and get more earth out from under; and then loosen the rim as before. It will not be long before the tree has almost nothing to stand on, and will almost fall over of its own accord. Such a tree will have a mass of roots twelve to fifteen feet across, and when properly replanted, scarcely needs any stakes. To be well planted simply means to have every cavity about the roots well filled and packed firm, so that in case of a heavy rain there is no sinking to be done, but will be regularly distributed over the whole loosened spot.

Now, as to the cost of this work. Philadelphia nurserymen will sell, dig and deliver such trees for from $20 to $25, and, though no one in a respectable business warrants a tree to live, any more than the best lawyers will warrant you to gain a case, or a physician warrant to cure a sick man, yet, if they did not generally live there would not be the trade there is in them. But few have the money for large trees, - and often they are not to be had for any money, - our directions are, of course, only for those who have. Small trees must ever be the trees for the masses. But the same rules hold good. A tree, to live, should have a hardy, vigorous constitution. There is much more chance for a vigorous healthy tree, poorly dug, and with poor roots, than for a badly grown tree with all the roots it ever had. Sometimes the fact that a tree has a splendid mass of fibrous roots is against success in planting. It is almost impossible, without care, to get the earth in between them. Nothing is more surprising to many people to have such trees die, - but deaths among them are extremely common, particularly among dense fibrous rooted Hemlock and Norway spruces.

And they are especially liable to die if they are heavily watered after planting, as the little earth remaining in among the fibres is washed out, and nothing remains to sustain the roots.

Stonehurst: The Residence of Robert Colgate, Riverdale on Hudson, N. Y.

Stonehurst: The Residence of Robert Colgate, Riverdale-on-Hudson, N. Y.

Trees are too often set on small places, when shrubs and vines would be more desirable. These take less room and give more variety - and, speaking of vines there are few things that are more attractive than a regular vine garden, just as we sometimes have a special garden of roses, rhododendrons or other things. The posts, pillars or frames should be of galvanized wires - and for variety, some vines may grow over rocks or roots. Over dwelling or other houses, vines should always be trained. Some few things will adhere of themselves to the walls, but galvanized wire frames are by far the best. A vine-covered building is usually in the best style of architecture, and everybody at once admires it. One of the prettiest houses on the Hudson is Robert Colgate's residence, at Riverdale. We give front and back views of it - one well covered with vines, the other has not yet become wholly covered. The gardens and grounds are beautifully kept - but any one can see how much additional beauty the vine.covered house gives to the scene. It is a principle in landscape gardening, that art and nature should gradually combine. The sudden meeting of a very rural and an artificial feature is always deprecated.

What can gradually grade the two great domains more beautifully than by running vines over the buildings?