WHY is it that so many ladies of taste, who love to adorn their persons with flowers, and to decorate their rooms with floral designs or collections of flowering plants, have so little desire to enhance, by the same means, the beauty of the external view which those rooms command, and to add similar attractions to the outside of their dwellings ? It must be from the prevalent, yet mistaken, idea that gardening is too hard work for them; for, those who can claim brothers, husbands or fathers, who, possessing the taste and having the leisure for horticulture, exemplify it, or, those who can afford to pay for the making and care of a garden, are always quick to perceive its advantages, and to enjoy them to the utmost. But there are many household occupations which ladies are expected to perform, and which they do perform without injury or complaint, that are much more wearisome, and more difficult to accomplish than gardening.

It is true, spading and hoeing - the heaviest operations of horticulture - are laborious ; but these are the preliminary steps, and should be taken slowly and prudently; or, if one chooses, a man or a stout boy can be hired to do those jobs for a small compensation. Still, I know from personal experience, that one hour a day, for five or six successive days, at spading or hoeing, so far from being too hard - even for those who are considered the most delicate of the weaker sex - is invigorating and healthful exercise ; especially when those who take it spend the remainder of the day in sedentary occupations - as those who are dyspeptic, low-spirited and languid will quickly discover. But we are all apt, in any pursuit, to let our ambition, or our fondness for the employment, get the better of prudence; so, ladies who attempt gardening should govern themselves by the following rules:

1. Never work a moment after you begin to feel tired. 2. Never work in the rain, nor in a cold wind, nor under a hot sun, nor directly after a meal. 3. Never work in unsuitable clothing.

And this brings me to an important point. Gardening is earnest work; it will not do to poke here and push there, and potter around anyhow and anyway - there must be thorough and well-directed effort. As a means toward this, every lady who looks for success in gardening will provide herself with a proper dress for out-door work - garments which, while allowing freedom of movement to every limb, will afford sufficient protection from the weather, are not injured by dust, mud, or sunshine, and can withstand frequent contact with stump and stake, and brush and briar. Trains, panniers, flounces and peplums are inadmissible. Nothing but a plain, round, one-skirted dress, made rather short, and no sashes, no bretelles, and no Lady Douglass sleeves - only, a neat fitting waist, loosely belted, and coat sleeves. A broad-brimmed hat, a pair of rubber or buckskin gloves, and thick leather shoes or boots - without heels - should complete the costume. There need not be wanting a simple, white linen collar and cuffs, with a plain brooch and buttons, or a fastening of pretty ribbon, and the fluit is as becoming as it is serviceable.

Then, with borax water to remove all soil and stains, and to heal all scratches or chafes, she is pre-pared to take gardening matters comfortably and easy.

This borax water should be a saturated solution, as it is called. To make it, put crude borax into a large bottle, and fill in water. When the borax is dissolved, add more to the water, until at last the water can absorb no more, a residuum remains at the bottom of the bottle. To the water in which the hands are to be washed, after gardening, pour from this bottle enough to make it very soft. It is very cleansing and very healing. By its use the hands will be hept in excellent condition - soft, smooth and white.

There are few dwellings without land enough to support a small number of plants. But the situation may not be suitable for flowers; they need a sunny, sheltered spot. If you have reason to think that flowers will not thrive on your premises, you may try vines or shrubs, and gain a great deal of pleasure in rearing them ; or, if you must be contented with a mere grass plat, its velvety greenness will be so refreshing in the glare and heat of the summer sun, that you will feel amply recompensed for all the time and pains spent upon it.

Still, you may have a favorable situation, and are in doubt about the soil. The best soil for flowers is the loose, light brown loam ; but you may be sure that where weeds will grow, garden plants will do well. If the ground about your house is sandy, it can be improved by mixing with it meadow soil, or by covering it with loam to the depth of eighteen or twenty inches. If the land is low and damp - a long time in drying in the spring, or after a rain - it should be drained. To do this a trench should be dug, along its lowest side, if it have any depression. It must be two feet wide and three feet deep, and so arranged that one end is lower than the other, to allow the water to pass off. This trench must be filled, to the depth of a foot or more, with large stones, a layer of brush next, and then light, rich mould, to make it even with the soil of the surface. This should be done as soon as the frost has left the ground in the spring; better still, before the rains of the previous autumn.

If your land is rocky, or if you have a square corner that is shady, you can arrange rocks and other rubbish there, and take much delight in beautifying the place with the plants that thrive best in such sequestered and unpromising situations.

Now for the tools. Get a spade, or a digging fork, and a hoe - those that are manufactured for ladies' use, if you can. A weeding hoe, a coarse-toothed rake and a fine-toothed one; a trowel, a pair of shears, and a good, stout knife - what is called a pruning knife - a watering pot and a syringe. Procure good tools, use them carefully, and keep them in working order. After using iron or steel tools, it is well to wipe them with a bit of clean paper, and then to rub them a minute with an oiled woolen cloth before laying them aside; this prevents rust, which ruins all such implements.