How beautifully the Ampelopsis Veitchii colors under the autumn frosts. Three vines, growing to a silver maple in front of our door, have now (Nov. 2d, 1886,) leaves of dull crimson, rose, yellow, dark green with crimson edges, and many of them have not changed yet - like the tiny leaflets at the growing points, which still retain their natural light-green, almost yellow, hue.

The tree has a trunk of three and one-half feet in circumference, which is the uniform measurement, for twelve feet up to the head; the branches of which, being cut in close annually, do not shade the plants in the adjacent beds; but those in the bed encircling the base of the tree have to be watered regularly during the dry summer weather to keep them growing.

The roughened bark of this tree trunk is suited to the nature of the Ampelopsis, and the vines creep along in the furrows and over the scaly ridges, making leaves behind to cover its woody network.

A few vines which have been some years planted at the north side wall of St. George's Church in this village, have covered buttress for buttress with English Ivy, and the beautiful coloring of the leaves is made more pleasing by the long foot-stalks which allow a freedom of movement that under pressure of the winds makes a veritable moving mass of colors. And such colors! Like rosy fruits, beds of beautiful flowers, crimsoned skies, blended and touched up with the firmness and precision of artistic taste. What a pity it is so transient! Would we tire of it were it lasting?

This season I have tried growing this vine on smooth painted boards. I fastened the vines in place at first, but when they began to push out they took hold, and have outlined a straggling tracery on the inclosed stoop of our dwelling. The vines are robust but grow slowly. The exposure is southern and a stone walk is close by.

An Ampelopsis quinquefolia grows in our back yard on an old fence, which was once a boundary of some of the land under Prince's Nursery. The vine in its upward growth, after clearing the tops of the upright, weather-worn boards, had to droop, and vine following vine, and growing upon itself, a bulk of live wood has been accumulated, which, in the. summer time, bears a great crop of leaves. Early in October we had a cool wave, which curled all these leaves up, showing more mildew to the square yard than I ever saw before. This was caused by the dryness of the soil resulting from the severe drought from which Long Island fall crops have only been relieved by the copious rains which have fallen since the 26th ultimo. Flushing, L. I., N. Y., Nov. 2, 1886.