The following make beautiful beds: Devoniensis, Mrs. Bosanquet, and Souvenir de la Malmaison. The most striking bed that I have ever seen, however, was made with dwarfs of Geant de Bataille, with the Noisette Aimee Vibert planted between, and pegged down over the bed in autumn; the white blossoms and glossy-green leaves of the latter make a fine contrast with the vivid crimson of the former. - D. K.

The Plum, like other fruit-trees, flourishes best in well-drained, retentive, clay subsoil; although it luxuriates in a strong, clayey loam, thorough drainage is requisite to prevent the trees being covered with mots, which often infests them in damp situations, and in which state it does not exactly render the trees unfruitful, but fine fruit cannot be looked for till they are cleaned from this parasitical pest, which can be done by dressing the branches with strong lime-water, or a mixture of soft-soap, salt, and urine. However, it is well to bear in mind the old adage, that "Apreventive is better than a cure;" therefore guard against the evil, if possible, by proper drainage, and by top-dressing with manure, either liquid or solid, should they manifest any sign of feebleness.