*4 Are there any spring-flower-iog dwarf bulbs that would do well planted as an edging to a Rhododendron-bed which is entirety of sandy peat? If so, could you give me a list of say twelve sorts, and also say how deep they ought to be planted? Would the Scilla tribe, Crocus, and Snowdrop answer?" - Paul Ricaut, in Gardener's Chronicle.

[Every one of the spring bulbs will bloom and grow, ripen, go to rest, start again and again in blooming vigor in Rhododendron-beds, whether they be in boggy, spongy peat, in sandy peat, or in sheer yellow loam. One might think there is something in Rhododendrons which of itself causes all hardy bulbs to do better with them than when grown any other way. All the Lilies which will grow out of doors will do so all the better in Rhododendron-beds. All Gladioluses the same. All dwarf Tulips, Crocuses, Soillas, Snowdrops, and every one of the low dwarf Narcissuses. But there is one rule to be observed in planting any or all of these in an American bed, and that is, to have every one of the bulbs twice as deep as they ought to be in loam. The Snowdrops and the Crocuses to be exactly two inches deep; Scillas and Dog's-tooth Violets one inch and a half; Early Tulips and Hyacinths, Lilies and Gladioluses, fully three inches; and the measurement is from the surface to the top of the bulbs after the soil is settled with rain. The soil under them, and all round them, must be dag, and kept from the roots of the Rhododendrons at all times and seasons.

Rotten leaves, and the fresh parings of grass sides and verges in the spring make the best compost for Lilies and Gladioluses to help them on in these Rhododendron-beds - one spadeful at the bottom of a good hole for a large patch of five, seven, or eleven bulbs].