The following list contains, says the Gardener's Chronicle, some of the very finest varieties selected from the whole London exhibition. Blush: - Madame Vidot, Madame Rivera, Dutchess of Orleans, Augusts Mie (deep blush), Caroline de Sansal, and Mathurin Regnier. Scarlet or Dark Crimson: - Lord Raglan, Gen. Jacqueminot, Lion des Combats, Gen. Castellane, Prince Leon, Paul Ricaut, and Sir J. Franklin. Rose: - Col. Rongemont, Madame Hector Jacquin, Jules Margottin, William Griffiths, Gloire de Vitry, Prince Imperial, coarse but showy; Coupe d'Hebe, and Paul Perras. Yellows: - Cloth of Gold, some tolera. bly fine blooms of which were exhibited, Decazes, and Persian Yellow. Of Whites there is still a deficiency. The best are Dr. Henon, Princess Clementine, the old white Provins, Louise Magnan, and Beaute de Melan. Stripes were not good. Among them we noticed Panachee d'Orleans and Oeillet Parfait. Among Moss Rosea we have little to recomend beyond the usual well known kinds. There were, however, some good blooms of the white Bath.

Of Roses not for competition, Mr. Cranston sent some very fine boxfuls of Gen. Jacqueminot, Old Moss, Jules Margottin, many 6f them measuring 5 inches across, highly colored and beautifully double; Geant des Batailles, very fine; and charming trusses of Louis Chaix, Gloire de Dijon, Duchess of Norfolk, Queen, Narcisse - pale sulphur, Crested Moss, and other favorite kinds. We also noticed some charming masses of different kinds from Messrs. Veitch, Turner, Hollamby, and Laing.

Of seedling Roses, Mr. Standish had one named Eugene Appert, a deep velvety crimson Hybrid Perpetual, said to be suitable either for pot culture or for beds. It was commended by the judges, and certainly promises to be a really fine thing. It is in the way of Victor Trouil-lard and other very dark Roses of that class. Except this we saw nothing really new.

Let us add that the day being fine, there was a very good attendance of visitors. We only regret that the beauty of the exhibition and the pleasure of a meeting such as this, should have been so much impaired by the fearful noise of a band which drowned all sounds except those of its own crashing instruments.

About Roses #1

Few who grow roses for the enjoyment of the flowers care for more than twelve to twenty varieties; but to select these few sorts out of the many hundreds catalogued and designated as "beautiful," "excellent bloomer," "large and fine," and other expletives of their values, is a task of greater magnitude than dreamed of until undertaken.

The increase of new roses has come to be rather an evil than a joy; it is a tax on our patience and our purses; for each lover of roses, upon reading the glowing accounts of new ones, is induced to buy and add to his collection until there is no room for any of the plants to fully develop themselves, and the, collection is burdened with varieties without very marked distinctions of flowers. In England they have one grower who, seeing this increase, and from personal observation and association knowing the points of value belonging to each, has from time to time depicted them, and thus those who have heeded his remarks have been saved the expense and annoyance of purchasing and caring for many varieties, only to find their want of superiority over kinds already in their grounds. As yet, we have no such man, but the exigences of the case now demand one, and we hope the capabilities of a Parsons or a Saul will soon be exhibited in giving us a true statement of the varieties now in cultivation, and hereafter commendations or condemnations of new varieties as they appear.

Southside, S. L, Feb. 28, 1897.

Editors Horticulturist, New York - Gentlemen: Do me the favor to answer the following queries:

1. Will it injure a young orchard (planted last fall) to plant a crop of oats on the ground occupied by the trees ?

2. Will it be injurious to plant a crop of oats as above, if a space of three feet clear is left around each tree ?

Please answer in next number. Very respectfully,

C. E. R

[An$. 1. Certainly it will. Oats or other grains exhaust the soil of the very components required by the trees. We have watched the practical working of this many times, and therefore do not speak from theory alone.

2. A space kept clear around each tree unquestionably would lessen the injurious results, because it would give just so much ground otherwise unoccupied, and for the roots of the trees to supply themselves with food. Our advice is to keep out oats or other grains entirely. If you wish to seed down to grass do so, without regard to the grain crop. If you must grow oats, then keep well hoed, three or four times during the growing season, a space not less than eight feet diameter for each tree.]

Roses #1

The rose is not a new beauty. It was cultivated, and loved, and sung by the poets, centuries ago; but it has been improved by crossing, as have the most of our flowers, fruits and vegetables. The rose likes a virgin soil, and the nearer the composition of our rose-beds approximates to that, the greater will our success be likely to be. Hence, decayed sods and leaf-mould from the woods, when it has been sweetened by the sun, are good fertilizers.

The old-fashioned way of scattering roses about the lawn is not the best way. Their culture, thus isolated, is apt to be neglected, and grass work in and choke them; besides the effect is not equal to where they are grouped in a round or oblong bed, highest in the centre.

Suppose that we decide to plant a bed of Hybrid Perpetuals. In the center we would want a white rose or a cluster of white roses, according to the size of the bed. Madame Alfred de Rougemont is one of the finest whites; Portland Blanche is another fine one. Next we can have a row of flesh color and pink. Caroline de Sansal is one of the finest of the former, and Sydonie of the latter; Auguste Mie - rosy pink - would pretty nearly correspond with this shade. The next row should be still deeper - rose or deep rose. Of this shade, we have Barronne Pre-vost, Victor Verdier and Madam Victor Verdier. In the next row we could have rosy crimson, rosy lilac, rosy carmine and vermilion. Among those of these shades, Anne de Diesbach, General Washington, John Hopper, La Heine, Mad. Fremion, Maurice Bernardin. and William Griffith rank the highest. On the outside we could have the deepest shades - as deep red, crimson and velvety. Doctor Arnol, Francoise Arago, Giant of Battles, General Jacqueminot, Jules Margottin, Pius the Ninth, Prince Camille de Rohan and Triomphe de 'Exposition would fill the outer ring.

We do not say that this order should be strictly adhered to, but we think the highest effect would be produced by having white in the centre, and gradually shading deeper to the circumference. All that we have named are first - class roses, and our readers may be assured that in selecting from them they will get no inferior rose. - Rural Home.

Roses #1

The Rev. S. Reynolds Hole, than whom there is no better judge nor more devoted admirer of the Rose, says that for cultivation under glass, Souvenir d'un Ami with its broad blushing petals and lustrous leaves; and Marechal Niel, in its golden beauty, symmetrical form and exquisite fragrance, are specially and invariably beautiful.

Roses #2

[From an address before the Pennsylvania Frnit Growers' Society, Jan., 1874.]

The hybrid perpetuate are general favorites, and deservedly so, for of all the hardy kinds they are the most desirable. They thrive under common treatment, and are generally suited for all soils and situations. For the embellishment of the flower garden and shrubbery they are indispensable, and can be relied on for all the various purposes to which roses are applied in garden and lawn decoration.

This division embraces classes of roses that differ widely in many respects. Some bloom but twice, others are almost constantly in flower till frost sets in. Some are quite hardy, others scarcely so, and require some little protection during very severe weather.

The China and tea-scented roses are the original perpetuals, and all others that are called hybrid perpetuals, have been created by hybridizing with one or other of the numerous species of summer roses, and breeding in and in with these crosses, to produce all the varieties now cultivated.

All are hybrid perpetuals but those which show strong resemblance to the species with which they are crossed. They are separated into classes by the principal rose growers, to conform to usage and for convenience of classification. Thus we have hybrid Chinas, hybrid Bourbons, hybrid mosses, and hybrid perpetuals or remontants.