What is the question, Mr. Editor, that more of your correspondents are likely to ask about this time of year, than any other? " What are the best Fruits?" They are busy with head-work, while the ground is frozen up - planting orchards and fruit gardens in imagination; just as some people build castles in the air. They sit by the fire-side, with fruit books and nursery catafaguesin hand ; they makes notes of sorts that are " delicious," " first rate, " melting," " sugary," " excellent,"' etc. They stock their future garden with everything rare and wonderful, and giving full reins to their imagination, they see that garden full of bearing trees, laden in the spring with blossoms white as snow, and in the autumn with baskets upon baskets of golden and ruddy pears nad pippins. This is the way amateurs and young planters " count their chickens before they are hatched".

In my humble opinion,' the beginners in fruit culture would be immensely the gainers, if the old Vetera horticulturists- among your subscribers-, would all come out and give their lists of the best fruits.- I mean those who have "seen the elephant," i. e., bought and imported most of the new French pears, and all other fruits that stand high on the pages of foreign catalogues. All such know how much chaff there is to a bushel of sound wheat, and if they would but come out and state what is really good, it might save the rising generation! of planters all the trouble of trying experiments/ losing time, and wasting valuable ground, that they mostly fall into There is little doubt m my mind, that of the millions of fruit trees planted in this country in the lest fifteen years, two thirds are of very indifferent quality - not worthy of ground room and cultivation. I shall, therefore, give you a few rough notes of some sorts that I knew to be worthy of a place in every fruit garden of considerable size, at least in the nothern states.