The Floral Cabinet makes hanging baskets for ornamental plants as follows: Get a wooden bowl, six inches deep, and a foot or more in diameter, and a few pieces of red cedar, with the bark on, and some crooked pieces of root and a yard or two of rattan. Split the cedar into two, and nail it neatly with fine brads to the outside of the bowl. The roots, fastened to the bottom, serve as a finish, and the rattan is attached to the edges as a handle. Fill this basket with ferns, ivy, etc.

German Ivy, Soil and Treatment - The Rural New - Yorker answers a correspondent as follows: The climbing vine known as " German Ivy " is not, in fact, an ivy, or any relation of one, but a climbing species of Groundsel from the Cape of Good Hope. Its right name is Senecio scandens, and it resembles ivy only in its leaves, which are heart-shaped or angled. The flowers are yellow, and produce abundantly on old plants which are exposed to the sun and dry atmosphere; but, under such conditions, the plants lose their beauty, as the leaves become brown and burnt in appearance. The plant grows rapidly in almost any good, rich soil; but a light leaf mould, with a little decomposed barnyard manure added, is probably the best. Shade is indispensable, if a deep, rich green color is desirable in the foliage, consequently it is very suitable for room decorations, and may be trained on trellises or around the walls where the direct rays of the sun never reach it. It is readily propagated from cuttings or layers, any small piece of the vine taking root and growing with great rapidity.