Although late in season to plant bulbs of this beautiful lily for flowering this season, it should be remembered that the bulb is perfectly hardy, and that the strength of stalk and size of bloom are much increased by the roots being well established in the ground. We therefore advise the purchase and planting of small bulbs, which are now offered very cheap, with a view to next season's flowering. Let the soil be made deep, and rich in well-rotted animal manures; set the small bulbs about one foot apart and, say, three inches below ground ; then plant petunias, verbenas, or geraniums between for this season's beauty.

The Lilium Auratum #1

A Friend Of the writer, who is an acquaintance of a successful amateur florist, gave an account of his plan for growing the Lilium Auratum, or Golden-banded lily. He thought that any soil, suitable for roses, would do for these lilies. He planted his four inches deep, letting the base of the bulb rest on the earth, so that the roots might strike directly into it. The sides of the bulb were surrounded with sand. These lilies had as many as nine blossoms on a stem.

Another amateur florist, who cultivates the Lilium Auratum, and other Japan lilies, in a greenhouse, told the writer that he had no trouble in producing fine large plants and flowers. After the plants are done blooming, the pots are plunged in the garden, and well covered, where they remain until near Christmas, when they are again taken into the greenhouse. By that time the bulbs are well-rooted, having had regular moisture, and an unforced growth. The writer saw one of these lilies when in bud. The stem was at least four feet high, and the prospect for flowers very fine.

We had a very large bulb of the Lilium Auratum. brought to us, one winter, to examine. It had been potted about three months, and had been kept in a greenhouse. It showed no signs of sprouting, and the lady who brought it was quite discouraged at the state of her fine bulb for which she had paid rather a large price. We found the bulb set on top of the ground, instead of under; and though the roots were numerous, and had covered the outside of the earth, there was not a leaf to be seen, nor any signs of their appearance. The lily was left to our care. We covered the bulb, by heaping earth over it, watered it daily, exposed it to the sun, in a south window, and in ten days a fine stem appeared, which, in course of time, produced four or five large flowers.

A lady, who, every winter, has fine white lilies in bloom, in her greenhouse, told the writer that she seldom had them repotted; but instead top-dressing them, and watered them with manure water. She used very rich earth. They were a large sort of L. longiflorum.

In our neighborhood, there is a general complaint that the Japan lilies do not flourish well. They may bloom for a season or two, but soon die out. We think the cause may be the clayey moisture-retaining soil, which does not suit the bulbs. We observed, during a visit, last summer, to Salem, New Jersey, that the Japan lilies there, almost without an exception, were in a thriving, healthy condition. This we attributed to the somewhat' sandy soil, which being light and porous, did not retain moisture around the bulbs; at the same time the atmosphere is rather damp, which prevents too much dryness, and retards evaporation from the leaves, which, if the earth was too dry, might exaust them.

A traveler in Japan states that the soil is naturally a sandy one. Might we not conclude from this that all Japan lilies need a light and well-drained soil? This might be accomplished, in the garden, by taking out the soil from the bed intended for lilies, and covering the bottom with stones, brickbats, coal ashes, or shells, to allow superfluous moisture free exit. Then the soil might be mixed with a light sand (some sands sink rapidly) and replaced. Our native lilies grow, mostly, on banks, or sides of hills, showing that a watery, or a continuaily damp soil, is not their choice, or healthful for them.

A neighbor-amateur has had a bed prepared, as above, this fall, for her choice garden lilies. A. G.