Dicentra spectabilis is justly considered one of the handsomest hardy herbaceous plants ever introduced. But we must not lose sight of some of our own natives of the same natural order, and little if any inferior in beauty. Dicentra cucularia, and D. Canadensis, two white species, are very beautiful. D. eximia, a purple species, flowering most of the summer is quite a gem. Corydalis glauva, with orange and purple flowers, produced in great abundance, and lasting nearly two months, is very pretty indeed; and C. bullosa, flowering early in the spring, though of low growth, attracts every eye when in flower. Adlumia cirrhosa, named after Adlum* the grape grower, though not particularly beautiful in its flowers, for the graceful elegance of its foliage, and slender climbing steins, is perhaps only exceeded by the Cypress vine; while the commoner forms of Fumaria afford excellent materials to those who strive to excel in making nosegays, or - to be more Frenchy - bouquets.

Myosotis palustris, the true "forget-me-not," I met this season in a friend's garden in a more interesting way that I ever did before. At the entrance as we went into the enclosure, an oval bed six feet long met us, and compelled us to deviate from our course, as if determined that all should note well its contents; and there in the greatest possible perfection bloomed our humble friend, covering the whole bed with its beauty. It was under the shade of some trees, and was, I believe, frequently watered. It was a good idea to place such a mass there at the entrance, to be like other beauties of our younger days, seen first and forgotten last. Fanny Osgood gives the following anecdote of the origin of its name, which casts a poetry around its history painfully pleasing:

"It is related that a young couple, who were on the eve of being united, while walking along the banks of the Danube, saw one of these lovely flowers floating on the waters, which seemed ready to carry it away. The affianced bride admired the beauty of the flower, and regrctted its fatal destiny. The lover was induced to precipitate himself into the water, where he had no sooner seized the flower than he sank into the flood; but, making a last effort, he threw the flower upon the shore, and at the moment of disappearing forever, he exclaimed,' Vergil* mich nicht,' since which time this flower has been made emblematical, and taken the name of 'Forgel-me-not.'

'Lay to thy heart this token flower! With love's own tears its leaves are wet 'Twill whisper in its dying hour,

Do not forget!"

The creeping Valerian (Palemonium reptans), the Virginian Lungwort (Pulmonaria Virginica), and several other plants, have also the name of "Forget-me-not" applied to them. In ordering the plant of their nurserymen, our lady friends should also note its botanical name. P.

* More correctly perhaps from adlumino, to fringe with purple - Ed.