It appears still to bo a mooted question as to the merits respectively of the Dog Rose and the Manetti as a stock for budding roses upon. I have little to say in favor of the Dog Rose as a stock, which I have found within the influence of London smoke, to decay and deteriorate within three or four years of its being planted, and to do at all well, requiring particular attention, especially as regards rich soil and sufficient drainage; in addition to which there are some of the more tender Bourbon and Teas that cannot be persuaded to grow at all on that stock. I have therefore come to the conclusion that it is certainly not the best rose stock for ground that has been partially "used up." Again, the roots of the Dog Rose are most frequently tap-rooted and not generally fibrous, as in the case of the Manetti, which is not club-rooted, but sends out a number of short, fibrous kinds of root - the best for procuring nourishment from the ground. As a stock for potting, the Dog Rose is worthless; a rose on the Manetti may in one season be grown to double the size of one on the Dog stock, whereas for potting purposes generally, there is nothing like roses on their own roots.

As regards the merits of the Manetti stock they appear to be as follows: To thrive in comparatively poor soil and without extreme attention. To make strong healthy growth, but not at the expense of bloom. Not by any means liable to decay, the stock swelling year by year and throwing off its bark, and thus procuring a healthy action, allowing it to expand, and freeing it from the attacks of insects which deposit their ova in the bark; - the size to which the stock in the course of two or three years will expand is altogether incredible. For pillar roses no stock can possibly be better; and whilst I have every year to grub up roses on the Dog stock that have " gone off" from the mycelium of fungi having attacked the clubbed roots, or from the smoky state of the atmosphere being more unfavorable to the Dog than to other stocks, I find that my roses on the Manetti, planted under exactly similar circumstances, not only do not go off, but thrive and grow most abundantly, and yield a profusion of bloom.

I also find that when the head of the rose grows (as is most generally the case) luxuriantly, the stock never throws out suckers; but if from other circumstances it does, the sucker comes from the stem, and can easily be cut off, and not as is ofttimes the case with the Dog Rose, a foot or more from the stem, necessitating the grubbing up the sucker, and often in the operation disturbing the root. Moreover, by planting the Manetti stock deep, that is to say, up to where the stock is worked, all suckers from the stem may be avoided. Lastly, the Manetti encouraging healthy and luxuriant growth, the roses on it are not so liable to the attacks of the aphis and the "worm i' the bud," and I therefore, without any hesitation, give the palm to it for all purposes of out-door gardening, and where roses on their own roots cannot be procured. I must however say that I grow none but dwarf roses, and no standards, and it is to dwarf-budded roses more especially that my remarks have reference; although dwarf-budded roses may be grown to any height, say ten or twelve feet or more, as pillar roses, and which to my taste have more elegance and less formality than.