First. The flower should be not less than two and a half inches across.

Second. The guard or lower petals, not less than six in number must be broad, thick, and smooth on the outside, free from notch or ser-rature, and lap over each other sufficiently to form a circular roseate flower, the more round the outline the better.

Third. Each row of petals should be smaller than the row immediately under it; there should not be less than five or six rows of petals laid regularly, and the flower should rise and form a good bold centre or crown; and in quantity should form half a ball.

Fourth. The petals should be stiff, and slightly cupped.

Fifth. The ground should be pure snow-white, without specks of color.

Sixth. The stripes of color should be clear and distinct, not running into one another, nor confused, but dense, smooth at the edges of the stripes, and well defined.

Seventh. The colors must be bright and clear, whatever they may be: if there be two colors, the darker one cannot be too dark, or form too strong a contrast with the lighter. With scarlet the perfection would be a black; with pink there cannot be too deep a crimson; with lilac, or light purple, the second color cannot be too dark a purple.

Eighth. If the colors run into the white and tinge it, or the white is not pure, the fault is very great; and pouncy spots or specks are highly objectionable.

Ninth. The pod of the bloom should be long and large, to enable the flower to bloom without bursting it; but this is rare: they generally require to be tied about half way, and the upper part of the dalyx opened down to the tie of each division; yet there are some which scarcely require any assistance, and this is a very estimable quality. - Glenny's Properties of Flowers.