"B.,"Rome, Georgia, says: "I notice a great deal in the agricultural papers lately about the apricot plum, and that it is especially profitable to planters in the south. What are its special merits? Does it escape the ravages of the curculio? Would you advise my planting largely of this variety?"

The apricot plum is a very old French plum, and no more free from the attacks of curculio than any other. It is a rather large yellow variety, coming in about the middle of the plum season. Possibly you have something known as Prunus Simoni mixed up with this, as we note, it is often called apricot plum. There would not be near as much objection to giving English names to plants if the names were given by some intelligent authority. The greatest objection to them comes from all sorts of names being given by any and everybody, until the historic confusion of tongues at the building of Babel, is a bagatelle compared therewith.