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Make a circular bed with Arundo Donax in the center, next surrounded by Abutilon Thompsonii, next Achyranthus Lindenii, and outer edge with Centaurea gymnocarpa.
The following is an arrangement of a flower bed, planted on the grounds of Massey & Hudson, Chestertown, Md., and much admired: Centre a tall growing Canna, next a circle of dwarf, dark-leaved Cannas, then a circle of Coleus Verschaffelti, then a circle of Centaurea Gymnocarpa, and an outer circle of Alternan-thera Parychoides.
Messrs. Loddiges flowered this very lovely Orchid in 1841. It was imported from the Philippine Islands by Mr. Cuming. Flowers, crimson and purple. Blooms in spring. - Ibid., t. 4996.
When this old and well-known climber is well grown, there is none that surpasses it in beauty. The soil should be a combination of sandy peat and strong, fibrous loam, with well decomposed hot-bed and old cow-dung, and silver sand. Being a very rapid grower, it requires a rich soil. It also requires shading, otherwise the rich coloring will fade quickly. It loves plenty of atmospheric moisture. Care must also be taken not to syringe the foliage; wherever water falls, it spoils the metallic luster. I have grown it in several ways - on a flat trellis and on a wire balloon; either way it is very beautiful. I have also grown it trained up with Thunbergia Harrisii; the lovely blue flowers of the latter, intermixed with the Cissus discolor, had a charming effect.- Journal of Horticulture.
Lemon juice was the most convenient representative of this acid, and well diluted with water, exercised no deleterious influence on plant or fruit. In both instances of Rival Hudson, and Burr's New Pine, it seemed to increase the size of the fruit, and to increase its acidity.
The Parisians have inaugurated horse-meat as an artiole of excellent food, much to the horror of John Bull and his brother. Punch says: "We do not believe that even Soyer, with all his arts, could render horse-flesh palatable, or that a fricandeau de cab-horse, or cotelettes of Shetland pony, will ever become an acceptable dish. We must look forward to the time when, from eating horses, the members will proceed to eating asses, and thus by an easy and natural step, arrive at the point where they will begin eating each other. In this way, the society may possibly be extinguished, if it does not previously poison itself quite out, by the trash it feeds upon".
If A. will recollect, he has rarely, if ever, seen a good specimen of an evergreen in the heart of a large city. The air is uncongenial to their growth.
(W. F. Fall.) Your communication, for the reasons assigned, was laid aside, and is now unfortunately lost. When your present season's experience is perfected, we shall be rejoiced to hear from you again on the former and other subjects.
A. J. N. had better apply to a bookseller at once.
(A Subscriber,) It is difficult to keep verbenas over the winter without a greenhouse; they damp so easily. A sunk pit in the open ground, with a covering of glass or boards, to exclude the rain and frost, if air be admitted occasionally, to dry off the damp, will generally carry them through.