Heating By Steam

It is generally believed that steam heating is not economical, as compared with hot water, in very small plant houses. A Philadelphia amateur informs us that he had a comparatively small house heated by an Exeter steam boiler, and knows from actual experience that it required no more attention in cold weather than hot water, and was in every respect more economical and more satisfactory.

Vapor Of Tobacco

Mr. Charles Joly, of Paris, referring to page 12, says: " Please do not forget that the smoke of tobacco, and the vapor of tobacco juices, have altogether a different effect, particularly in greenhouses on delicate flowers".

A Scarlet Carnation

A correspondent inquires for the " best scarlet carnation for a market grower." We hardly feel warranted in naming any one as " the best." for each grower has his fancy. We should be disposed to look on Alegatiere, a well-known French variety, as one of the best to grow for profit, but we are open to conviction if others have the evidence.

Blindwood On Roses

A correspondent ventures an opinion that " the reason why so many complain of blindwood, is, that they use nitrogenous manure too freely. Every gardener knows that some kinds of manure make vegetables grow all to leaf. We give rich stable manure to cabbages and celery, because we want leaves, but when we grow beans and peas, we want flowers, and stable manure we do not use till it is almost rotted away. So with roses, I think".

Manuring Roses

A correspondent says a rose-grower, with no experience in the business, had a magnificent house of 500 roses, and killed them all by putting a handful of guano at the roots. We have seen men with loads of experience do just as funny things. They are not always greenhorns that put gas tar on hot water pipes. The chief trouble comes from not reading the Garden-ers' Monthly.

Strawberry Supports

In order to keep strawberries from the earth, amateurs in Europe, who do not mind a little trouble to get a good thing, use wire supports. They are circular wires about a foot over, supported on three legs, which have a kink in them to prevent too deep penetration of the earth. The leaves and flower stems are drawn through the circle, and thus the fruit is supported when mature.

The Stanton Plum

This is a purple-blue variety, rather above medium size, and as we judge by a plate in the Horticultural Art Journal, is a very abundant bearer. It is introduced by Hammond & Willard, of Geneva, N. Y., and this is all in its favor, for if anyone knows what a good plum is, it is they.