When sheltered and protected from severe weather these violets are disposed to produce their blossoms through the whole winter. The treatment required, to enable them to do this in perfection, is as follows: A compost of half turfy loam that has been turned over two or three times during the summer, and one half rotten dang, should be well mixed together and ready for use by the end of September. At that time the violet plants must be raised from the bed in which they have been growing during the summer with as much earth to their roots as possible. They should then be divested of all their side shoots or runners. The proper sized pots for them are seven-inch ones. One strong plant should be put in each pot; but when they are weak, two or three, according to their size, may be put together so as to look like a single plant. The pots should be well drained; and if this is done with broken bones instead of potsherds, so much the better; for the roots of the violets lay hold of the bones, which give vigor to the plants and make them bloom more profusely.

Having potted as many as are necessary for the season, a good supply of water should be given to settle the soil well about the roots. A sufficient number of old melon boxes with the lights belonging to them should be arranged in a southern aspect, placing the boxes in such a manner that the lights will throw off rain quickly and thereby prevent drip, which in winter not only has a tendency to rot the plants, but also causes the flowers to be produced sparingly. The: frames being placed in position, a layer of old tan should be put into them four inches thick: bin this the pots should be plunged up to their rims, beginning at the back of tbo frame and arranging them in rows in succession till the frame is filled. It will be necessary to leave three inches space between the pots where the plants are large, that air may be permitted to pass freely between them, and thus keep off damp, which when it prevails is apt to destroy the plants. If, however, they are so small as not to cover the tops of the pots, then the latter may be placed closer together.

When all has been completed let the lights be put on. When the temperature is above 50* the lights may be removed entirely during the day-time, and at night they should be tilted up at the back for the admission of air. When the temperature of the air outside is below 50° the lights should be left on; but even then air should be admitted behind in the day-time. When the temperature is below 40° the admission of air should be very partial, if it be admitted at all. At no time after the plants begin to bloom should the lights be entirely removed, except for the purpose of watering and cleaning the plants, and of gathering the flowers. When the weather is cold and likely to be frosty, coverings of mats should be applied at nights, making the thickness of the covering in proportion to the severity of the weather. In hard frost two mats should be put on as well as litter. The earth in the pots must never be allowed to freeze if it is possible to prevent it. The coverings must be removed in fine days.

In March and April as much air as possible should be given if the weather is fine.

The pots should be examined frequently at all times when the weather will permit. Weeds and decayed leaves must be cleared away, and a little water given when the soil is dry. Care must, however, be taken to wet the leaves as little as possible during the winter, moisture being injurious to them at that season. In March and April, if the plants have been properly men-aged, they will then produce abundance of flowers, and consequently will require more moisture than during winter.

When the plants have done flowering they may be turned out of their pots and divided, some into five or six, others in two or three, and some not all; for if made too small they will not be sufficiently strong by the time they are wanted for potting in autumn. When divided, they should be planted out like strawberry runners, a foot apart, in rich ground under a north wall. The plants should be kept clear of weeds during summer, and watered only in dry weather. It is necessary that more than double the number of plants which may be wanted in autumn should be planted in spring to allow of a selection of the best for potting.

By following the system of culture just described violets may be had from Christmas till April. One thing which the plants seem to be very fond of is broken bones and bone-dust. By a liberal use of these I have found my crops of flowers to be more abundant than when no such assistance was given. - M., in Cottage Gardener.