Few things will reward the cultivator with better results for the labor bestowed upon them, than the above. Their usefulness as fall decorative subjects for the conservatory is unsurpassed. From a packet of seed obtained from Messrs. Laing & Sons, of London, England, and sown at the beginning of last March, we have at the time of writing a grand display of the most gorgeous colors, ranging from the most dazzling scarlet down to pure white, some of the flowers measuring from 3 to 4 inches in diameter. Two parts leaf mould (put through a 1/4-inch sieve) to one of sand, is a capital compost in which to sow the seed. We use 6-inch pots, three parts filled with crocks, to insure perfect drainage, which is a matter of paramount importance,as they are very impatient of the least excess of moisture. Fill to within 1/2-inch of the top with the compost, pressing it gently. Give a gentle watering with a fine rose watering pot, after which sow the seed. A slight dash of fine clean sand can then be thrown over the seed, but this must be very slight.

Place, if possible, in a gentle bottom heat with an atmospheric temperature of about 650. Cover the pots with a pane of glass, over which put a sheet of paper to exclude the light until germination commences, when it must be removed, as they must have all the light possible, shading only from strong sunshine. They must be pricked out when very small. This is a very delicate operation, and must be performed with the greatest of care. Use very shallow boxes for the purpose, filled with the same compost as that in which they were sown. They must be carefully shaded and watered; any neglect of either, if only for a very short time, may prove fatal to them in their young state. For although they are of very robust habit after they once get established into 4 or 5-inch pots, yet in their young state I know of few things that require more care and vigilance, on the part of the cultivator. In about four weeks from the time in which they were transferred to boxes, they will be ready to pot off into very small pots, using equal parts of loam and leaf mould, with a liberal amount of sand. They must afterward be potted on as required, giving small shifts in preference to large ones, using light rich soil, with as much fibre as possible, and being careful to have the pots well drained.

About the end of May ours were removed outside and placed on the north side of a high wall where the sun only shone upon them for a short time early in the morning and late in the afternoon. By the middle of August they reached 5 and 6-inch pots; when the cooler dewy nights of September arrived they made rapid progress and were housed the first of October, where they are now in full beauty and likely to continue so until late in November.

South Virginia, Oct. 17th, 1887.