Water Lilies

The efforts of Mr. Sturtevant to make water plants popular show some good effect in the aquarium at Fairmount Park, where a number of species have been blooming beautifully the past summer, to the pleasure of thousands who have admired the "red, white and blue " in the flowers of the several species. They were mostly species of Nymphaea, the Nelumbium making good corner pieces for the square basin, by their taller growth.

New Daffodils

Every little turn or twist in parts of the flower is now enough to stamp it as a new variety, till they have become so numerous that few can name any one now. As in the case of verbenas, petunias and similar things, the naming of new varieties soon gets over-done.

Hardiness Of The Calla Lily

"Mervine:" This will endure the winter any where in a pond of water, provided the water does not freeze deep enough for the frost to reach the roots.

Cornelian Cherry

A correspondent suggests that this pretty shrub deserves more attention. Certainly it does. The greenish yellow flowers though small, are attractive, and are among the earliest harbingers of spring; and the rich cornelian color of its cherry-like fruit in August, cannot be excelled in attractiveness by any berry-bearing shrub.

Oil And Mildew

Those who are likely to be troubled with mildew would do well to remember Mr. Veitch's remedy of oil on hot water pipes is good against its development. Since Mr. Veitch gave that remedy to the public we find by research in chemical botany that oily vapor has long been known as inimical to the growth of the lower forms of fungi, and that Mr. Veitch's successful practice is in full accord with the teachings of this branch of science.

Glazing Without Putty

No one uses putty over glass in glazing in America any more, but it is still used for bedding in the glass, but even this is unsatisfactory. It will often loosen and come out. Mr. Henderson recommends that thick white lead and oil be run along, and on this sprinkle dry light sand before laying on the glass. It is a much better plan than the old putty bedding.

Horse-Tails For The Florists

Green ferny foliage that will not rapidly wilt as fern fronds will has caused a number of plants of the asparagus family to become almost indispensable to the florist. An addition to this class of popular florists' stuff has been found in Europe in the different species of Equisetum or Horse-tails. These have firm fronds that do not wilt easily.