In our last we gave an extract from an English source in regard to the successful sending of cut flowers of the Puritan Rose three thousand miles across the ocean. There is no doubt if it can be done with one rose it can be done with another, and if it can be done over the ocean it can be done over the land, and it will be done more per-fectly as experience teaches how to improve on the processes. It would seem scarcely possible to raise flowers cheap enough and bear the expense of a voyage across the ocean, and still compete with the English grower of cut flowers; but it is not at all impossible to come about as an actual fact, for the population of Great Britain is so large that there are few articles raised there equal to demand, and they have to look to other portions of the world for the balance of supplies they cannot raise for themselves.

We have no doubt it was the thought of our enterprising florists, on reading that paragraph, that they might live to see a profitable cut flower trade from our country with the Old World. But while Eastern florists of our country may be thinking of making this commercial raid on the floral markets of the Old World, the Pacific florists are thinking of making a similar raid on the East. Cold storage has been reduced to such a fine art that capitalists have been found willing to invest largely in the venture, and we believe arrangements have been made the coming winter and spring to ship East enormous quantities of cut flowers. We have heard of one firm that has planted out 25,000 roses. 30 000 tuberoses have been planted, and so great is the confidence in success that arrangements have been made by this one firm to have ten acres of tuberoses next year, all for the sake of the flowers alone.

To make success certain the firm will have "two strings to its bow." Perfumery is to be a part of the business. Whenever the price of flowers falls below a paying price their goodness will be extracted for the benefit of the lovers of odor all over the world. Thirty acres are already in actual use, and it is believed that two hundred can be profitably worked in this way before this time next year. This is the outline of but one single firm.

Usually capital is easily frightened, and the fact that enormous capital has been found for the venture shows that the chances of success have been carefully scrutinized, and that the venture will probably be fully equal to anticipation.

When we remember how the profitable branch of growing hothouse grapes was almost wholly superseded in the East by the success of California shipments, Eastern florists may well feel that the influx of California flowers may produce similar results in some degree.