Why should we not have the three degrees of comparison in the dessert? And, surely, people would need to know for whom the dessert was intended before they could make a proper use of the dishes, fruit baskets, and their own brains. Nothing, at least, would puzzle me so much as to be told to dish up eighteen or twenty dishes of fruit for a party, without having some idea of whom the party consisted.

" I began at the western arcades, and took the measure of the show in yard steps as nearly as possible. The plant stages were in three broad steps, covered with green baize, and set up against the white of the back wall of the arcade, which was most telling to Ferns and all the fancy and fine-leaved plants; but the white of the back wall took off much of the glow of Pelargoniums and Rhododendrons; indeed, more so, as all the light is from behind the head of the visitor. Cover that part of the back wall with green baize, and you spoil it much more. Too much of one shade of green for a ground color to green leaves of all degrees of green, will not stand the test of good effect out of best flowers. Dark brown or dark oak color I am told to a certainty is the best to put behind flowering plants when the pots stand on green cloth, or dark grey if the pots are on brown boards or mother earth. In front of the plant stage a space of twelve feet wide in gravel, makes up the rest under the cover of the arcade.

"The first twenty-four yards were of huge Ferns; then two rows of Rhododendrons, and seventeen yards of Heaths; then six yards of fine-leaved .plants, and sixty-nine bouncing steps of Pelargoniums, which brought us on to the west end of the conservatory. Along the west end, the front, and across the east end of the conservatory, is a narrow shelf holding one row of large plants, or two rows of middlings, and three rows of comfortable plants, not small, nor large, nor middling. One hundred and fifteen yards of that stage were devoted to plants, the rest to doorways and other ways. The whole of these one hundred and fifteen yards might be said to be filled with new plants, rare plants, or fancy novelties of some degree. Here the Messrs. Veitch exhibited some of their rarest gems, and they were many and most abundant. Mr. Standish stood across the east end with that collection of Japan rarities just mentioned, consisting of from forty to fifty specimens. Then the two firms of Hendersons, the Pine Apple and the Wellington heroes, with all the fancy of their respective firms.

Then Mr. Turner and Mr. Ivery with new Azaleas. Then Milne, Arnott & Co., with their new Gloxinias, and three new rivals in the Messrs. Bull, Linden, and Verschaffelt; and, last of all, and biggest of all the rest, Mr. Warner's Good Gracious' Laelia purpurea, and another which he calls after Mr. Day, who first bloomed it, Laelia purpurea Dayii. But I shall have them all in detail before I end.

"Along the back of the conservatory stood a large portion of the vast assemblage of variegated Begonias, the whole of the Orchids, and of the specimen and collection of Roses, the new ones being on the front stage, and ail these took up seventy-yards of very wide stages, in three easy steps. Within the walk or front passage of the conservatory was a double stand for all the collections of stove and greenhouse plants, and for Azaleas, some Begonias, and for two large collections of Ferns - that of Mr. Williams, of the Paradise Nursery, being the best ever exhibited. He ought to write a book on them, as the one he wrote on Orchids, if only to tell how to pack and unpack for exhibition. Of these double stages there were thirty-five yards, leaving a gravelled space eighteen feet or twenty feet wide between them and the back stage along the very back. In the very centre was a large circular stand cutting the scene in two - a wrong principle. Bight and left of that circle - the last circumference of protection for Roses - stood a single file of all sorts and degrees of Wardian Cases, and miniature drawing-room greenhouses, stoves, and ferneries.

Then out of the house, and into the east arcade, where the fruit was, Mr. Noble's, of Bagshot, beautiful Rhododendrons; then eighty-nine yards of the largest and finest variegated and fine-leaved plants in the world, under pot and tub culture, the like was never before seen; twelve yards British Ferns, six yards tall Cacti, six ditto Melocacti, and other dwarfs of the prickly races, four yards or five yards of Calceolarias, six yards of seedling Pelargoniums, and others on a double stage, two yards Ama-ryllids, four yards with Mr. Williams' hardy variegated plants, and six yards of Mr. Salter's ditto, twelve yards of cut Roses from Mr. William Paul and Messrs. Lane & Son, and many seedling novelties, among which a dwarf dark purple Nasturtium-looking Tropeeolum, in the style of the Tom Thumbs, promised to be a first-rate and the first good bedder of that race. Mr. Smith had his new bedding Calceolaria canadensis there as the best of that brood. The single striped and double Petunias were very beautiful; one single light with red stripes, from Mr. Ferguson, of Stowe, was most striking, as were the pot Pansies from Messrs. Downie & Laird, and from Mr. Bragg. Mr. Dean, of Shipley, Bradford, had two boards of his Belgian Pansies, in cut blooms, very fine, and among them his large, light Princess Alice, to which we gave a handsome lift at the Floral Committee the week before.

"The Fruit double stand was eighteen yards long. The bunches of the Buck-land Sweetwater weighed six pounds four ounces, and three of the Black Prince eight pounds four ounces, all from Mr. Hill, of Keele Hall. Thirty-one or two Pine Apples, twenty pots of Grapes, and two pairs of pot Grapes trained archways on the back wall, with twenty-nine bunches of Black Grapes from Mr. Saunders, gardener to Sir H. Meux, were set off that way better than any I ever saw exhibited. Her young Grace of Sutherland kept up the old charter in competing with Her Majesty with a full collection of eight dishes of splendid fruit. Mr. Henderson came out again in the old Fleming style; and Mr. Ingram was worthy of his name, and to give Her Majesty the first place. He had Black Hamburgh and Muscat Grapes, Smooth Cayenne Pine - a fine fruit, Peaches and Nectarines, British Queen and Prince Arthur Strawberries, May Duke Cherries, and Beechwood Melon. Mr. Henderson mounted Black Hamburgh and Black Trentham Grapes (the bloom on the latter inimitable,) Smooth Cayenne Pine, Peaches, Nectarines, Black Circassian Cherries, and two dishes of Melons - the Trentham Hybrid White Flesh and the Trentham Hybrid Green Flesh, both of exquisite flavor; but I was round before the Judges, and did not see the prizes of any of the fruit.