An old grower of hyacinths writes the London Journal of Horticulture, giving the following as among the best varieties. He considers single flowers more beautiful than the double, and hence names but few double sorts.

First Series

Double Bed

1. Noble par Merite.

2. Prince of Orange.

Double Blue

3. Van Speyk.

Single Bed

4. Cavaignac.

5. Florence Nightingale.

This is not the same as a poor variety of the name which appears in some lists.

6. Howard.

7. Le Prophete.

8. Macanlay.

9. Madame Von Tuyll.

10. Mrs. Beecher Stowe.

11. Princess Charlotte.

12. Princess Clothilde.

13. Solfaterre. 14 Von Schiller.

Single Lilac

15. Haydn.

Single White

16. Alba Maxima.

17. Mrs. James Cutbush.

18. Paix de Europe.

19. Snowball.

Single Blue

20. Argus.

21. Bleu Aimable.

22. Marie.

23. Pieneman.

Single Black

24. Duc de Malakoff.

25. Ida.

Second Series

Double Bed

1. Duke of Wellington.

Double Blue

2. Garrick.

3. Laurens Koster.

Single Bed

4. Amy.

5. Cosmos.

6. Duchess of Richmond.

7. Lady Sale.

8. Madame Hodgson.

9. Ornement de la Nature.

10. Princess Beatrice.

11. Sultan's Favorite.

12. Victoria Alexandrina.

13. Von Schiller.

Single White

14. Elfrida.

15. Gigantea.

16. Mont Blanc.

17. Grandeur & Merveille.

18. Grand Vedette.

19. Princess Helena.

20. Queen of the Netherlands.

21. Tubiflora.

Single Blue

22. Baronne Von Tuyll.

23. Charles Dickens.

24. Couronne de Celle.

25. Grand Lilas.

26. Leonidas.

27. Lord Raglan.

28. Raphael.

Single Black

29. Mimosa.

30. Prince Albert.

Single Yellow

31. Anna Carolina.

32. Heroine.

Bulbs that bloom in early spring, like crocus, narcissus, hyacinths, etc., planted just at the edge and beneath the shade of evergreen trees, present a very beautiful effect when in flower, besides occupying room of little value for any other purpose.

Cuttings of all hard-wooded plants or shrubs, such as the gooseberry, currant, spiraeas, prairie roses, etc., made and planted out this month in a light sandy or loamy soil, well drained so that no water can lay upon it during winter, will callus, make some roots, and grow off rapidly and vigorously next spring. The bed should have a light covering of straw, leaves, or other mulching, to prevent the frost heaving the ground and displacing the plants during winter; but the mulch should not be applied until the ground is completely frozen for winter.

A. R. Whitney, Illinois, has a bearing apple orchard of one hundred and thirty-five acres, and numbering over fifteen thousand trees. He last year marketed over ten thousand bushels of apples on the line of the Pacific Railroad. So says the Prairie Farmer.

Strawberry Beds that have not been carefully and deeply dug among and the plants weeded out, should no longer be neglected. It is absolutely requisite, for the production of a good crop next season, that the earth be deeply dug among and around them before the season of the year's growth is entirely closed. The plants this season lay up in their crowns store for support and vigor of growth next spring, just in principle as the bud on trees lays up within it supply for support and growth, until the roots come into activity and furnish supply; hence the necessity of giving the strawberry plant opportunity to gather abundant food by its roots before winter.