Probably the Queen of the Prairie, We can tell you if you send us a flower, with a small piece of the wood and a few leaves.

"To have Roses blossom through the Summer and Fall" you must plant ever-blooming sorts, such as Hybrid Perpetuals, Bourbons, Noisettes, etc.

Roses #1

(C. B., Princeton, ILL.)

For hardy perpetual-blooming pillar Roses, we would recommend you the following rapid growers: Barrone Prevost, Pius IX, Robert Burns, Caroline de Sonsal, Jacques Lafitte, and Mrs. Elliot. The April number was made up before your letter reached us.

Roses #2

For the last season or two there has been no paucity of novelties among Roses, many of which may fairly claim, not only distinctness of color, but decided improvement in form.

Of those which have been introduced, and naturalized sufficiently to enable them to be spoken of with something like confidence, as to their various habits, etc., those here particularized may safely be added to collections without fear of disappointment.

Starting with the gems of the season (1853-4), "Prince Leon" and "Paul Du-puy" fairly claim that title, the first a clear cherry crimson, not very double, but with petals of a substance which give its autumnal bloom quite a non-fading character, retaining its form and colour four days in perfection, beside which, it is a model of the cup shape, with a robust habit; the other, a rich shaded crimson, with a full centre, its guard-petals giving it the cup-shape also, but shallower; they are both sweetly, though differently scented.

Of clear pink varieties there are several good ones. "Baron de Heckheren" and "Louis Peronny" are our choice; both are nicely formed, the habit of the latter is however the stoutest. "Baron de Kennont" is also a good variety, in the same style, but rather vase than cup-shaped. Of "Rose colours," deep, bright, rich, &., &., we had received a host, the cream of them, however, may be considered to be included in the following:-"Joseph Descaine," "James Veitch," "Comte de Bourmont," "Inermis," "Dr. Julliard," and "Eugene Sue," - all being of the old-fashioned colour, with nicely formed flowers, - the last is a fine Rose, but rather a "hard opener." "Duchesse d'Orleans" must not be forgotten in the Rose colours, being of a shade tinged with lilac, and is a fine, bold, and perfectly formed flower.

The various shades of carmine are so generally admired, that good varieties of that colour are sure to be acceptable. "Alexandrine Bachmetiff" and "Souvenir de Levison Gower" are both nicely formed and richly coloured. "General Castel-laine" is, however, rather darker, and of model form, but not of over robust habit, and "Charles Boissiere," of a reddish tinge, is large, and very double, and an excellent pot Rose.

In Crimsons we have certainly a glorious flower in "Le General Jacqueminot," a rich velvetty petal, not quite so bright as "Geant des Batailles," nor quite so double, but larger, with very much better form. " Souvenir de Reine des Beiges" is a nice flower, in the way of "Prince Albert" H. P., but brighter, and somewhat like "Rivers." "L'Infant du Mont Carmel," a light crimson, is desirable, where large robust growing varieties are essential.

Of really dark Hybrid Perpetuate there has been long a want, and in "Triomphe de Paris" we have a variety many shades darker than any of its predecessors, its colour being as near an approach to the crimson Boursault as possible, it has also the shallow cup form to perfection.

The new white Damask Perpetual "Celina Dubos," with very pale blush centre, though believed to be a sport from "Rose du Roi," is very constant, and is the nearest approach to pure white amongst the Perpetuate, the raising a Hybrid Per-petual of that colour (?) having yet to be accomplished. The two brightest H. P.'s that may be depended on are " Mrs. Rivers," a beautifully shaped and scented Rose, - a counterpart in colour and shape to Alba "Le Seduisant;" the other, "Rosine Margottin," is also well formed, but the petals are not so deep as the former, and may be described as "Duchesse de Montpensier" much improved.

The new white Damask Perpetual, although supposed to be a sport from "Rose du Roi," has proved quite constant, and is a very great acquisition.

To the Bourbons we have several additions, the best of which is undoubtedly "Vorace," a rich beautifully formed crimson, shaded with purple. "Prince Albert" (Paul's), a bright deep cherry colour, is good; as is "Souvenir de l'Arquebuse," and the peculiar crimson, shaded with purple, of "Reveil" is novel, besides which, " Louis Odier," a bright rose colour, of strong habit and good shape, is a useful variety.

In Tea Roses the greatest recent novelty is "Gloire de Dijon," and certainly the colour, an ochreous yellow, the size, as large as "Jaune Desprez," and the Tea scent, make it a great acquisition. "Madame Willermouz," in the way of, but hardly so stout as "Devoniensis," has a nankeen centre, is a nice rose, and " Canary," the name of which well conveys the colour, is very pure, but it is rather delicate, and not very double.

In this list I have purposely confined myself to those which have earned the characters here given of them in an exposed situation and a cold stiff soil. There are, I am aware, several which I might, perhaps, have included with safety, but I would much rather delay those here omitted, that I may include them with equal confidence in a list that I trust I shall be spared to prepare.

Roses #3

The London Cottage Gardener gives a preference to General Jaqueminot, a hybrid perpetual, as " the best high colored rose ever exhibited. Paul Ricaut, Duchess of Norfolk, and the Geant des Batailles," it says, " must yield to it".

Roses #4

According to Agassiz, no fossils of the rose have ever yet been discovered by geologists. He thinks the creation of the plant is coeval with that of man.