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This, we presume, is what you mean by " a perfume made of sweet-scented leaves, etc, for fancy jars." Mix half a pound of common salt with a quarter of a pound of saltpetre, a quarter of an ounce of storax, half a dozen cloves, a handful of dried bay leaves, and another handful of dried lavender flowers. This basis of the Pot Pourri will last for years, and you may add to it annually petals of roses and of other fragrant flowers gathered on dry days, as fancy may dictate. By the same rule, you may add, if approved of, powdered benzoin, chips of sandal wood, cinnamon, orris root, and musk. A very excellent Pot Pourri is made, in winter, with a pound of dried rose petals, mixed with four ounces of salt, and two of saltpetre, on which were put eight drops of essence of ambergis, six drops of essence of lemon, four drops of oil of cloves, four drops of oil of lavender, and two drops of essence of bergamot.
(E. S. W.) There is no difficulty in raising verbenas from seed, provided yon can obtain it good. As you bare a frame, you should make up a gentle hotbed about the end of February, and as soon as the heat is sweet and moderate, you may sow the seeds of your verbenas either in pots or shallow seed-pans. When the seedlings come up, you should prick them out in pans or shallow boxes, and gradually inure them to bear the open air. Towards the middle of May, you may plant them out in your large beds. Of course you are aware that your beds will have all the colors of the rainbow (excepting, probably, yellow), and will therefore be all alike in that respect. One thing is possible: you may obtain some new and improved varieties; otherwise, we think your beds will not be very interesting.