The warm weather we had in the end of September and during October advanced the growth and flowering state of many out-of-door and greenhouse plants. Amongst the first, I noticed flowers of apples and pears, and on hardy shrubs, Laurus-tinus, and here and there some Rhododendrons - they were Prince Camille de Rohan, Ochroleuca and even the common Rhododendron Ponticum. In greenhouses it is quite a wonder how some plants are advanced, and no doubt florists will have flowers this year much earlier than in other years. A Camellia, two feet high, had given already a dozen flowers on the twelfth of October, and since then all the others are shed. The same happened with an Augustina superba (Saccoana nova), which was open at the same time with half a dozen flowers, and has had several since. I also found at that time Alba plena, Imbricata, Jardin d'hiver, noblissima at this date (6th of November). Other sorts give me some flowers - they are Striata Donckelaeri, Lady Hune's Blush. In brief, there are already more Camellia flowers now than last year in January or even February. Azaleas have the same aspect as it were in the springtime, the eyes in the neighbourhood of the buds give now young shoots just as they do in February in other years.

Some flowers have already been seen on Sigismond Rucker, Eliza Liebert, Mm. Camille, Von Langenhove, Versicolor punct-ulata, Ceris, Mm. Vanderfruyssen, and just the same as the Camellias, all those Azaleas were in greenhouses without any heating at all. All is the result of the warm weather.

St. Denis, Westrem, near Ghent, Nov. 6,1886.

[In America, the fall-flowering of apples and pears comes from the loss of leaves before they are mature by fungus attacks or extra dry weather, - and is not due to an open or warm October.

The facts in relation to Camellias under glass are extremely interesting. In America, at this time, this flower is not appreciated for winter flowering, the rose having supplanted it in public favor. But in former times when it was popular, no amount of sun-light or fire-heat would bring them into bloom much before New Year. - Ed. G. M].