This month is the great month of the year for transplanting tree, shrub, and plants toward beautifying and improving our homes and their surroundings. By planting fruit-trees we add to the prospective pecuniary value of our homes and farms, and also to the material wants of our families; but by planting shade trees and flowering shrubs we add a feature of beauty to gladden the eye and make the heart rejoice constantly. But it is not our own homes that we should try to improve; we should remember that the planting of a few trees here and there on some barren place by the roadside, a group to cover some unsightly building, or a line of trees whose shade in summer would cause the traveler an hour's comfort, are duties that we should regard as pleasures; and if we have in our grounds a few trees that we can well spare, or some shrubs which we wish to reduce in size by dividing, let us take them either to our neighbors who have not, or plant them ourselves on the roadside. If we have a neighbor who looks upon shrubs and flowers as "too much bother," and "an expense he cannot afford," but yet "is willing the women should have a few roses, etc., if they want," let us send him a few flowering shrubs, or in the proper time take his wife a few verbenas or scarlet geraniums, and help plant them.

It will be but a year or two before this man will be one of the most zealous among us, and the improvement of his place, the higher tone which the flowers around his home give to his children, will return us the little mite, cast upon the wave of kindness, more than forty-fold.

Few of the readers of the Horticulturist but could readily do something, and many we know would improve their own places by dividing their shrubs and perennials or reducing the number of shade trees which, in their zeal at first planting, have grown so large as to crowd and destroy the extent and character of their grounds. No true horticulturist should ever permit himself to ride or walk daily past an unsightly place or building without an attempt to change it by offering to plant a few trees. There is one other motive, also, in this giving or aiding a neighborhood. A tree or shrub is a thing of life; as a gift, it is received with feelings of respect; its daily sight is a bond of goodness; its blooms and opening leaves yearly, if not monthly, remind the possessor of the. giver. Do not, therefore, hesitate to give.