Up to this date (December 16) the season has been one of extraordinary mildness. With us in Western New York, where winter usually sets in about the middle of November, we have been able to continue our out-door operations, with an occasional slight interruption, to this time. Indeed, for a week or ten days past, everything has been spring-like, and we can scarcely believe that it is December. Trees, and even cuttings, planted in October, have made new roots, and in many cases abundantly. Lawns have a fresher verdure than they had in September, and, in fact, everything looks unusual. To the gardener such weather has been particularly acceptable. His plant-houses have required comparatively no fire heat, and the plants never looked so well at this season. Christmas and New Year's boquets must be unusually fine. His winter, and much of his spring work, has been pleasantly executed, and various projects in the way of fencing, draining, trench-ing, grading, walk making, etc., have been carried out twelve months sooner than he had expected.

The poor laborer, whose day's wages is his all, feels particularly grateful for this mild weather. Instead of being out of work, as he would have been had the ground been frozen, and thrown back on his scanty summer savings, he has been permitted to go on and add to them. An early and hard winter always falls hardest on the poor. We may live many years before we experience another such December; but, as we hear it said twenty times a day, "we may get our pay for this before the first of April".

The Season #1

The winter here, up to this time, (January 20,) has been mild. The first snow of any consequence fell about the 21st of December, and for about two weeks after that the weather was moderately cold; the thermometer tell as low as zero only twice. Except in exposed places, where the snow was blown off, the ground was not frozen until about a week ago, when a sudden thaw was followed by a few cold days.

The Season #2

We thought, at one time, that we were going to have a spring of unprecedented earliness. On the twelfth of March the ground was pretty generally tree from frost, and outdoor operations were briskly commenced. For nearly a week the weather continued as mild and beautiful as May, when, on the eighteenth, a strong gale of wind suddenly came up, and with it intense cold, which completely froze up the ground again, and put a stop to all outdoor work. The high wind and cold continued nearly three days, trying severely green-houses and hot-beds, as well as bulbous roots and other articles that had been uncovered on the expectation of spring. We do not think that the fruit buds suffered, because the warmth had scarcely been of sufficiently long continuance to excite them, nor has the cold been so intense as to do them injury in their backward condition.

The Season #3

Up to this time, April 25th, the spring over a great portion of the country has been remarkably cold and backward. The 22d was the first really spring-like day we have had in this region since the 15th of March. Bulbous roots and border plants that were uncovered early have suffered much, but the fruit buds are safe, and promise at this moment an abundant crop. In many places north and west we learn that all hopes of a crop are gone.

The Season #4

It has been a busy month with our friends, both Horticultural and Agricultural, and October promises to be no less stirring. From every quarter the happy note of the rewarded laborer has reached us. Had we been divided into numerous parts, it would have been impossible to have been present at all the fetes and exhibitions to which the kindest invitations and " complimentary tickets" have held out inducements to travel, from the famous affairs at Chicago and Boston, where we may yet find it possible to be, to he Agricultural and Horticultural Meetings, North, South, East and West. Correspondents and special reporters will aid us, we trust, in presenting an early abstract of proceedings, and always if possible, with point and brevity. With such a season as the past, we are reminded of the lines of Milton :-

"Wherefore did nature pour her bounties forth With such a roll and unwlthdrawing hand, Covering the earth with odors, fruits and flocks, But all to please, and sate the curious taste".

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The Season #5

January with its severe weather, and thermometer so much below zero as we observe has been the case in all directions, has doubtless made many horticulturists fear for the future. Let us, however, hope.

Thorburn's Catalogue of Kitchen Garden Seeds for 1856,15 John Street, New York, is a valuable list of seeds and other matters relating to gardens, which may be had by inclosing a stamp.

The Season #6

The period of active industry among nurserymen and florists rapidly approaches. Already the note of preparation is heard in the flow of advertisements, which enhance the interest of our publication, and which begin to crowd upon the printer from every point of the compass. We have no objection to make to those who read these evidences of business tact before they peruse the regular columns of the Horticulturist, for they tell the story of what is going on in the busy gardens of those who minister so largely to the pleasure of the public, by assisting to adorn our rural homes. As usual at this season, the advertisements exhibit the commendable industry of the advertisers, and detail their various specialities. It would be well to remember that no one can do a large business who has not something to sell; the season is coming (or come) to collect the seeds for another year, and all who neglect this duty, enhance the value of what their more careful compeers accomplish.

As a season, this has, generally, been a bountiful one. Had it not been thus, there is no telling where our extravagance and reckless importations of gew-gaws might have landed our ticklish banking system.

Of fruit, we have a good report to make. Peaches, if not abundant, will prove an average crop; pears never were more abundant; apples, not so plenty. The crop of potatoes gives fair promises, and, it may be hoped enough food will be laid up for the winter in every section of the country, to prevent the cry of famine heard in some places the past winter.

The season has been particularly propitious to the lovers or fine lawns; successive rains, too, have made weeds a prominent object in too many places; but, on the whole, we meet nothing but smiling faces among gardeners and farmers.