There is in the garden of William Hamill, at Norristown, Montgomery county, Pa., a ring willow tree that has stood there many years; last year it sent out a shoot haying all the appearance and habit of the common weeping willow; the shoot is now about one and a half inches in diameter at the largest part, and several feet in length. I had hitherto doubted from the difference in habit and growth that the ring willow was a variety of, or sport from the weeping willow; this seems to me to be conclusive evidence that it is so. This tree will have to be removed shortly, the street is to be widened so as to include the place on which it stands.

I have in my garden an Althaea of many years growth, and large size; the flowers are of the common single purple; it has a branch of about two feet long, probably two or three years growth, that has flowers of the very common kind of single white with red bottoms; the difference in the flowers has not been noticed till this year.

Sports #1

A Scotch correspondent tells us of a case as strange as the strangest yet recorded, and more puzzling than most.

We learn that he has a gooseberry bush which bears indifferently, on each small twig, red or yellow berries, the red superior in flavor to the yellow, and both dissimilar; the reds, too, are unlike, for some are rough, and others smooth; and the yellows bear seed that is red. Had a handful of yellow berries been thrown in among the reds, and accidentally stuck to the branches, the mixture could not be more complete.