As the planting season comes around again I feel like saying a good word for our Table Mountain pine - Pinus pungens. Aside from their evergreen character, and beauty of form and color, there are two other, perhaps minor, peculiarities, which pines have. First, they produce that delicate tremulous movement in the air which we call the " sighing of the pines," and, second, they exhale a most delicious fragrance, the well-known resinous odor of the pine woods. Whoever has tramped and camped in our pine forests for either business or pleasure can recall how even the slightest movement in the air is betrayed by the needles of the pines. At night, especially, though no air seems stirring, they keep up a continuous subdued undertone of music most grateful to the ear.

And the fragrance of the pines is of a like subtle nature. Unlike that from many other plants, it comes, not from flowers, but from the abundant resin, which, scattered all through the wood, the bark, and the leaves, transudes about the buds and from every wounded surface. The delicate resinous aroma pervades the air, and makes it so invigorating that breathing is a positive delight. The healthfulness of the great pine forests is proverbial.

But few of us can have our door-yards in the pine woods, and thus enjoy to the full these admirable qualities of the pine trees; but in a measure we may have them by bringing the pines to our door-yards.

So far as I know, none of our native species, or those in common cultivation, give off so abundant a resinous odor as does our Pinus pungens. On sunny days in winter it is easily perceived on the south side of quite a small tree, and in the warm days of spring the air all about a tree is delightfully fragrant especially in the evening. One can not help snuffing the air to get more of it. There is nothing heavy or oppressive about such an atmosphere. Breathing it becomes a luxury; and the mere expansion of the lungs which is thus produced is in itself a healthful process even if there is no hidden virtue in the resinous exhalation.

It seems to me that this feature alone makes the Table Mountain pine a very desirable species on the lawn. Its other good qualities have been often named, and need not be repeated here. We can hardly hope to get the gentle music of the pines except where a number of trees are together and have acquired considerable height, but the characteristic odor so agreeable to all can be approximated even in our smaller grounds. And for this purpose I think we have nothing so good as Pinus pungens. It ought to be more frequently planted on this account.

Prof. Botany, Agr. College, Pa.

[To the interesting suggestions of Prof. Buck-hout, we may add that the purple male flowers give the tree a special spring attraction - while its very large cones, which the tree bears when comparatively young, continue this interest through the whole season. - Ed. G. M].