It appears to me that some one or other in the neighborhood of the Botanic Gardens at Washington has about come to the conclusion that Orchids have some value and beauty. Some few years ago one could find nothing there of that description but a lot of trash, interesting only to botanists. I was surprised and delighted a day or so-ago by a visit to the Orchid house there. Such beautiful bunches of Laelia anceps ! At a little distance they look like the little blue birds one is in the habit of seeing in cages in bird stores, ready to fly in one's face almost. Cattleya Percivallianum in great variety. Plenty of C. Triana and C. Roezli looking fine, although not yet in bloom. Vanda suavis with six flowers open on a spike. Cypri-pedium Spicerianum had five blooms, each nearly as large as the pot containing the plant. Dend-robium biggibbum is a delightful Dendrobe, and very easily grown. D. leucolophytum is a chaste little flower, and lasts long in bloom. Cymbidium iridifolium is not a very showy flower, but the foliage is good, and the number of spikes it makes and the perfume it diffuses through the house, ought to secure it a place in every collection.

And the lovely little Sophoronites grandiflora, with its dazzling flowers, no one can afford to be without, who has any pretensions to a collection of Orchids. The Orchid house appears to be in good hands, although there are no large specimens. The plants are clean and healthy if they are small.

December, 1886.