I cannot but regard this novel introduction as one of the nicest evergreen shrubs in the country, and likely to become a universal favorite, Any dressy, hardy shrubs, which never assume a coarse habit, and which flower freely for months, are of infinite service to the decorator of grounds, whose flower or shrubbery borders are but too apt to appear monotonous through lack of variety. Americans and Roses are the two principal groups; indeed, these withdrawn, the modern shrub border would be poor indeed. Among the peculiarities which this elegant evergreen possesses, is the property of carrying the most beautiful and glossy dark green foliage, nearly all the year; perhaps I ought to have said the whole year. It posseses the most graceful habit imaginable; an airy elegance seems to be its character through every period, and it appears peculiarly adapted for trailing purposes; the plant being inclined to adapt itself to fiat surfaces with the utmost facility. One feature, and that no mean one, remains to be noticed, and that is the property of flowering twice in the season, if not through the whole spring and summer.

Such, at least, is the habit of the plant I possess; but I may remark, that such habit has been induced by pinching or stoping the points, in order to produce a closer growth, and to gain cuttings. Two or three suckers came up in succession during April and May; these were stopped when a foot long, and the axillary shoots from these are now hanging laden with their golden cups. The tint of the foliage is akin to that of Escallonia macrantha; but that is barely hardy, or what a valuable shrub 1 Now, this property of being so readily controllable as to its floral habits, is a character of much value, properly acted upon. All such shrubs should be kept classified in the mind of the cultivator, and acted upon at set periods, if possible. I think it not improbable that it may be fit to group with Forsythia and Weigela, as a moderate spring forcer; and would, in that event, be of much service in the spring boquet I can even fancy it encircling a flower basket; its dark glossy green-and-gold would look well round a pile of scarlet Geraniums, scarlet Lobelias, or even the Salvia paten.

What a beautiful trellis plant, too, as a division in gardening affairs! - Robert Errington, in Gardeners' Chronicle.

Berberis Darwinii #1

(Amateur, Watertown.) Small side-shoots of B. Darwinii slipped off with a heel strike best any time in summer, covered with a bell-glass and kept cool. Perhaps you kept your slips too moist, or so damp that they rotted from want of air at times.

Charles Brackett, Rochester (Indiana), writes as follows: "Inclosed I send seeds of an ornamental vine which, for the past two years, has appeared on the Tippecanoe, eight miles above town. It is a beautiful thing. My attention was called to it by Bart Hamlet, an old pioneer. If you give it a name, let it be named after old Bart, as he is dead now; and I would like to see his name survive him in this beautiful vine which he brought to my notice. Charles Brackett".

" P. S. - Bart called it the feather vine. Let Dr. Brinckle try some of the seeds, if convenient. C. B".

The seeds are those of a well known vine (the Clematis virginiana), and yet, being well known, there should be no reason why poor Bart Hamlet should not be forever remembered for calling attention to it: - "And what so poor a man at Hamlet is May do, God willing, shall not lack." - Hamlet, Act 1.

The first player says to Hamlet, "I hope we have reformed that indifferently well," and so we would reform "indifferently well" the nomenclatures of the botanists who, by the way, do not act fairly in giving the names of plants (and pears) to their friends exclusively, else should we have fewer hard words. Griesbreghtii and Warcszewickzii should yield to Ophelii and Hamlettii; and we therefore hereby authorise Mr. Brackett to christen the Clematis virginiana with a shorter name, the Hamlettii, in memory of "pioneer Bart," dismissing it with two lines from Shakspeare: - "Laertes. Farewell, Ophelia; and remember well What I have said to you." - Hamlet, Act 1.

(James Taylor.) The ashes of anthracite coal are useful to some fruit-trees, as the cherry and grape, bat not specially to garden crops, except it be to assist in disintegrating the soil. Apply to the trees by top dressing, in the fall, or digging it in in spring. Bituminous coal-ashes contain valuable organic manures for all trees and shrubs, and especially evergreens. Unleached wood-ashes are too strong for most of your garden purposes; leached, they are applied with great advantage to onions, peach-trees, Ac, and as a top dressing for grasses, especially clover. As usual, various inquiries have been received too late for answer the current month.